Osun poll: Oyetola secures another win against PDP at Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to restore the nullification of the participation of Osun’s ex-Governor and his Deputy, Gboyega Oyetola and Bendict Alabi in the July 16, 2022 governorship election.

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja had, in a judgment on September 30, 2022 nullified the participation of Oyetola and Alabi in the governorship election on the grounds that their nomination forms were endorsed by an acting Chairman of APC, who was also a serving governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Justice Nwite’s judgment was set aside by the Court of Appeal, Abuja in a judgment in December last year, a decision the PDP appealed to the Supreme Court.

In a judgment on Thursday morning, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Centus Nweze, held that the appeal by the PDP was without merit and directed the lawyer to the PDP, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN) to withdraw it.

The court held that the PDP could not, under the law, question the process leading to the emergence of Oyetola and Alabi as candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

NewsClick Nigeria reports that state’s Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice Terste Kume nullified the election of incumbent Governor Ademola Adeleke of the PDP on January 27.

It declared that Gboyega Oyetola of the APC was the actual winner of the election.

It declared also that there were over-votings in 10 of the 30 Local Government Areas of the state during the election. Meanwhile, the Governor and his party, PDP have vowed to appeal the judgement.