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Osun Guber: Appeal Court declares Oyetola winner

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The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment on the dispute arising from the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

Oyetola has been declared the winner of the election by the Court of Appeal.

Oyetola, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had filed substantive appeals, seeking the setting aside of the decision of the tribunal.

The lead judgement was read by Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey. There was also a dissenting judgement from one of the judges on the panel, but majority favoured Oyetola.

The election tribunal judgment had earlier ruled in favour of Senator Ademola Adeleke.

The three-man panel of the Tribunal gave the judgement following the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleka against the All Progressives Congress, APC and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

The Tribunal ruled that PDP and Adeleke proved that it was the state Returning Officer who cancelled the results in 7 Polling Units, adding that the petitioners also proved that the Returning Officer has no power to cancel election results of a polling unit.

The Tribunal went on to deduct 2,029 votes from APC scores and 1,246 votes from PDP votes in 17 polling units where there was non compliance.