Sunday 25 September 2022

Osun 2022: Election Petition Comnences Pre-trial Sitting Monday


The Election Petition Tribunal will on Monday commencing pre-trial sitting on the petition filed by Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, against the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate at the July 16 governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The tribunal will be holding its sittings in Osogbo since the Court of Appeal has declined the request by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Oyetola, that the sitting of the tribunal should be moved to Abuja, citing security concerns.

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Osun election has submitted a 1,250 page petition, challenging the results of the July 16 governorship election.

The governor is contesting the results in 749 polling units out of 3,763 on grounds of over-voting and others.

Ahead of the Monday Pre-hearing date given to the parties  involved in the Osun Governorship Election Petitions, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has admitted that there were indeed errors in the results it declared on July 17, 2022.

INEC’s position is contained in its response to the petition filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the Osun All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the return of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), candidate in the contest, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the July 16 election.

Oyetola and the Osun APC had on July 18 applied to INEC for a Certified True Copy, CTC, of the BVAS report deployed in the conduct of the exercise, and on July 29, the report was made available to the parties.

However, after approaching the Election Petitions Tribunal challenging results from 749 polling units out of the over 3, 000 polling units on the grounds of over-voting, INEC issued another CTC of BVAS report to the PDP on August 22, claiming that the first report issued to the APC was not ‘syncronised’.

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