Division of the Court of Appeal has fixed today for judgment on the dispute
arising from the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.
court, on yesterday, issued hearing notices for the judgment and had them
served on all the parties to the four pending appeals relating to the disputed
five-man panel led by Justice Jummai Sankey had, on April 24, heard three
appeals and a cross-appeal filed in relation to the Osun State governorship
election and reserved its judgments on the appeal.
Justice Sankey presiding, other members of the appeal panel which heard the
four appeals were Justices Abubakar Yahaya, George Mbaba, Isaiah Akeju and
the hearing on April 24, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, his party,
the All Progressives Congress, and the Independent National Electoral
Commission urged the court to upturn the March 22, 2019 majority judgment of
the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which nullified the
governor’s victory at the September 2018 poll.
the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who
were declared the winner of the election by the tribunal, urged the Court of
Appeal to affirm the tribunal’s judgment.
had declared Oyetola and the APC the winner of the Osun State governorship
election on the basis of the cumulative results of the September 22, 2018 main
election and the September 27, 2018 supplementary poll.
with the result declared by INEC, the PDP and Adeleke had filed their petition
before the three-man Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal,
contending that they were the true winner of the election as they had already
won after the September 22, 2018 poll and that there was no need for the
supplementary election held on September 27, 2018.
tribunal, in its March 22, 2019 split judgment of two-to-one, nullified
Oyetola’s victory and declared Adeleke and the PDP the winner of the election.
The tribunal’s chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, in
his minority judgment, dissented from the majority judgment credited to
Justices Peter Obiorah and Adegboye Gbolagunte.