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Supreme Court Dismiss Adeleke's Appeal, Affirms Oyetola As Duly Elected Governor Of Osun State




The Supreme Court upholds Judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal affirming Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as the duly elected governor of Osun States. The Acting CJN, Tanko Muhammad, Justice Rhodes-Vivour, Justice Kekere-Ekun, Justice Sanusi and Justice Abaaji consented to the majority judgment dismissing PDP's appeals on Osun election. Justices Akaahs and Galinje dissented.

The Supreme Court however dismissed the appeal of Senator Ademola Adeleke challenging the declaration of Gboyega Oyetola as the winner of the Osun State governorship election.

In the lead judgement by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the apex court declared that the absence of the judge who read he majority decision of the election tribunal, Justice Peter Obiorah on one of the hearings renders the entire proceedings a nullity. 

The judge upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal that the proper thing to have done in the absence of Justice Peter Obiorah was to start the entire trial afresh.

However, PDP and its candidate is not giving up so soon. Atiku Abubakar, PDP's presidential candidate in 2019 election have reacted to the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement, saying it is not over yet. 

His statement reads,

"I join with people of goodwill all over Nigeria to say to Senator Ademola Adeleke, and the people of the great state of Osun, that we stand with them in good times and in difficult days."

"The Supreme Court has ruled and because of its judicial finality, the legal case is over. However, the love, acceptance and endorsement that the people of Osun bestowed on both Senator Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party is not over and cannot be overlooked."

"Those who think this is the end of the road for Senator Adeleke and the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun, are greatly mistaken. This is not the end. Not even the beginning of the end. No. Today marks the continued ascendancy of Senator Adeleke and his party in the hearts and minds of his people."

"They had expected that the progress and development that the Adeleke family had consistently brought to Osun will be translated to their governance. That hope is not dead. Only delayed."

"I extend my right hand of brotherhood to Senator Adeleke in all his future endeavours and I assure the good people of the state of Osun that the Peoples Democratic Party remembers their love and acceptance and will never forget to stand by them no matter the situation."

"Finally, I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. In their hands, God has placed a great responsibility. The duty to ensure that justice is done, irrespective of the pressure to do otherwise, by the powers that be."

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