Osun governorship election, Adeleke, Oyetola know fate Friday

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By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo, will on Friday 27th January, 2023 deliver its judgment.

This was contained in a letter signed by the tribunal secretary, David Umar and posted on the board of the state High Court on Tuesday.

The immediate past governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola had approached the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the July 16 governorship election in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Ademola Adeleke as the winner.

Oyetola is hinging his case on alleged election rigging by over voting, infractions in some polling units, the authenticity of the WAEC certificate presented by the governor among other grounds.

Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured 403,371 votes to defeat Oyetola, who polled 375,027.

The Justice Tetsea Kume-led tribunal had January 13 admitted the written addresses of the parties involved in the litigation, after counsel for All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adegboyega Oyetola, and that of Senator Ademola Adeleke, the PDP and INEC argued and adopted their final written addresses.

Meanwhile, the leadership of APC in the state has enjoined all the members of the party in the state to embark on fasting and prayer session in order to seek the favour of God in the governorship election litigation.

Acting State Chairman of the APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, who stated this in Osogbo, said it was necessary for the party to resort to supplications after having effected everything legally.

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