Osun election: Court reserves judgment in Adeleke’s suit

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja has reserved judgments in three appeals and a cross-appeal filed on the dispute over the last governorship election in Osun State.

A three-member appellate court, supervised by Justice Mohammed Shuaibu, after taking the final arguments from lawyers to the parties, announced that they would be informed when the judgments are ready.

The substantive appeals, filed by Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), are against the January 27 judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, which voided Adeleke’s victory at the July 16, 2022 election.

The cross-appeal, jointly filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Adegboyega Oyetola, is against a portion of the tribunal’s judgment.

Arguing their different appeals, lawyers to Adeleke, PDP, and INEC – Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), Alex Izinyon (SAN), and Paul Ananaba (SAN) – urged the court to allow their appeals and set aside the tribunal’s judgment.

Ikpeazu, Izinyon, and Ananaba argued that the judgment of the tribunal was a nullity because one of the members did not utter her opinion as required under Section 294(2) of the Constitution.

They also faulted the quality of evidence led by the petitioners – APC and Oyetola – at the tribunal and argued that the petitioners failed to prove their case.

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