Tension Everywhere, As Supreme Court Set To Deliver Final Judgment On The Osun Gov. Poll

By Post-Nigeria: June 17, 2019 08:07

Tension Everywhere, As Supreme Court Set To Deliver Final Judgment On The Osun Gov. Poll

Anxiety is currently mounting in the camps of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the Supreme Court judgement on the 2018 Osun State Governorship election, which was won by the APC Candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

The PDP Candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who is contesting Oyetola’s victory, won at the lower Election Petition Tribunal, but lost at the Appellate Court.
He proceeded to the Supreme Court, where unofficial sources said it would give its verdict today.
However, judicial sources stated that the judgement may be given later this week, arguing that, it is not the tradition of the Apex Court to deliver verdicts on cases before it on Mondays.

According to the sources, the Supreme Court usually gives its rulings on Wednesdays, and verdicts on Fridays.
They, however, revealed that if the judgement is delivered today, it may be informed by the timeline for disposing off of such election cases.
The decision of the Apex Court is final, and will lay rest the controversy trailing the September 22, 2018 Governorship election, and the September 27 Governorship supplementary election in the State.
Although the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal had in March, declared Adeleke winner of the election, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, upturned the Tribunal’s decision and gave it to Oyetola.
The lower Tribunal declared that the rerun election of September 27, was illegal.

It held that the Returning Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had no powers to cancel the election in the seven polling units, on September 22, 2018, which led to the rerun of September 27.
The Tribunal, therefore, deducted the votes scored by Oyetola at the rerun, and awarded the victory to Adeleke.
A a five-member Panel of the Appeal Court, led by Justice Jummai Sankey, reversed the Tribunal’s decision.
The Appellate Court, also said that the entire proceedings leading to the Tribunal’s judgement could not stand, because of its “faulty composition”.
Meanwhile, tension has built up in Osun State, over the Supreme Court’s expected verdict, possibly today.
Amidst the rising tension, both the APC and the PDP have affirmed their confidence in the Judiciary, and the confidence that they would carry the day.
While the Osun APC Director of Communications, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, was optimistic that the judgement will be delivered today, the PDP South-West Zonal Secretary, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, said that the information at hand was that the Apex Court will hear the petition of his party today.

He, however, said that the PDP is optimistic that the judgement will go its way, stressing that, the facts and figures had been presented to prove that Adeleke won the election, convincingly.
On his part, Oyatomi stressed that the APC had prepared for the celebration of the judgement, which will be to its favour.
At the national level, both parties said last night, that the verdict will certainly be in their favour.

A member of the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, disclosed that the party is confident of victory, stressing however, that as a law-abiding party, it will accept the judgement of the Apex Court.
The member maintained that: “We are prepared for the judgement of the Supreme Court. We have been law-abiding, and we will remain so, regardless of the outcome.
“However, we are confident that we will get victory, because what happened in Osun, showed clearly hat our Candidate won. Nigerians, even APC members, know that PDP won that election. So, we believe that justice will be done.”

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