Friday 22 March 2019


Governor Gboyega Oyetola has appealed for calm as Osun residents rejects the election petition tribunal verdict with protests erupting across the State.

The demonstrations which were however peaceful followed the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the winner of the September 27th 2018 gubernatorial election by the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja . Protesters were spotted in places like Oke - Baale, Old Garage, Station Road and Ajegunle carrying placards with diverse messages registering dissatisfaction with the tribunal judgement .

The declaration which may be the most controversial in recent times has the tribunal Chairman Justice Mohammed Sirajo dissenting that the judgement is unlawful and unconstitutional citing Section 140(2) of Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended).

The tribunal according to the Chairman lacks the power to subtract the votes and does not have the power to declare the petitioners as winners. Section 140(2) of Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) provides that the Tribunal only has powers to order fresh election.

This caution as provisioned for by the constitution was however disregarded by the other two Justices. As Justice Obioha went ahead to declare Adeleke as winner.

According to the Press release signed by the Secratary to the State Government Prince Wole Oyebamiji which was made available to Newsmen on Friday afternoon, Governor Gboyega Oyetola has appealed for calm while maintaining that the rule of law is sacrosanct, and enjoining all parties involved to pursue all differences peaceably.

The All progressives Congress APC has since appealed the tribunal ruling.

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