Today, the Court of Appeal in Abuja will issue its ruling on an appeal Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State filed to contest the election’s annulment.
According to reports, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who support the former governor Gboyega Oyetola anticipate a favorable decision.
Remember that a three-judge panel led by Justice Mohammed Lawal Shuaibu earlier reserved the appeal for judgment following the arguments of both Governor Adeleke’s attorneys and former Governor Oyetola of the APC, who finished second in the election.
The parties were subsequently notified by the appellate court’s officials that the matter had been scheduled for hearing, and more specifically that the constitutional 60-day deadline for the appeal’s hearing had passed.
Following his dismissal from office, Adeleke and the PDP filed an appeal of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s decision.
Oyetola won because the tribunal found that he had established his case for overvoting in some of the polling places.
Adeleke has filed 31 grounds for appeal, and she is pleading with the court for “an order setting aside the entire decision of the tribunal.”. “.
Adeleke argued in his 31 grounds of appeal that the ruling was invalid, pointing out that Justice Rabi Bashir, the second member of the panel, did not express her opinion on the petition verbally or in writing but instead simply signed the ruling.
He argued that “the second member of the lower Tribunal could not have validly signed the decision of the chairman of the lower Tribunal without an opinion.”.
Adeleke also argued that the tribunal reached its decision without taking into account all of the evidence that was presented to it, through a team of attorneys led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN.
When the panel diverted from the main issues in the case and mentioned the governor of Osun state’s dancing prowess, the embattled governor of that state claimed that this was biased.
He claimed that the lower tribunal had mocked and derided him by making reference to his personal eccentricity for dancing, giving the impression that it was biased against him. “.
The PDP governor testified before the appellate court that only six of the state’s 744 polling places had evidence of overvoting, as opposed to 744 as the tribunal had determined, based on the physical examination of the BVAS.
Oladele Olabamiji, the Osun PDP Director of Media, discussed the party’s hopes and expressed his party’s belief that Adeleke’s victory would be reinstated by the Court of Appeal.
“We are anticipating justice for the Osun electorate, which voted in favor of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the state’s governor. According to the strength of the evidence put forth before the court, we anticipate justice. “.
Kola Olabisi, the Osun APC’s spokeswoman, also expressed confidence in the party’s ability to win.
With our ironclad evidence before the court, Olabisi asserted, “We are optimistic that we will come out in flying colours.”.
Additionally, the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps reported that it had sent personnel to the State’s crucial infrastructure prior to the verdict.
In response to the Appeal Court’s decision on Friday regarding the dispute between Governor Ademola Adeleke and Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, the Command’s interim public relations officer, Kehinde Adeleke, said: “Strategic personnel deployment is taking place around critical infrastructure in the state ahead of the decision.
In preparation for emergency response, an armed detachment of the corps will also be on patrol. The command is prepared to quell any disruption of law and order brought on by potential demonstrations by resentful parties. “.