Thursday, 9 May 2019

Hundred of Ilesa Youths Celebrate Oyetola's Victory at the Appeal Court

Hundreds of youths have taken to the streets in Ilesa, Osun State, to celebrate the Appeal Court judgement that nullified the Osun Governorship Tribunal judgement thatfavoured the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke.

Adegboyega Oyetola, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have put to appeal the judgment of the Osun Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which ordered the withdrawal of Certificate of Return from Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja today set aside the judgement.

Delivering the lead judgement, Justice Hannatu Sankey set aside the entire proceedings of the Tribunal because of its ‘faulty composition’.

She added that ordinarily the matter should be returned to the lower Tribunal but because it was a post-election matter where time cannot be expanded or elongated, the court cannot make an order of retrial.

Justice Sankey also resolved the remaining 11 issues in the appeal in favour of the appellant who is the Osun State governor.

According to her, Ademola Adeleke did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act by the absence of the ballot paper records.

She made no order as to cost.

The judgement was upheld by four of the five justices of the panel.

The outing was powered by Hon. Otunba Akeem Olowoopejebori, Hon. Oladipo OluyiBlow, Cmrd. Niyi Odutola (Neyo)

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