President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Gboyega Oyetola on the Supreme Court ruling which affirmed his victory at the September 2018 election in Osun State.
The President said the judgment lays to rest the tussle over the governorship seat and removes all encumbrances on the path of the governor from fully delivering the dividends of democracy.
“I most warmly congratulate Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on the Supreme Court ruling which today affirmed his victory in the September 2018 State Governorship election.
“This Supreme Court decision lays to rest the tussle over the governorship of Osun State and removes all encumbrances on the path of the governor from fully delivering the dividends of democracy to the good people of the State.
“I commend the government and people of Osun for allowing the rule of law to run its entire course. I urge Governor Oyetola and the ruling All Progressives Congress party to be magnanimous in victory and to make concrete moves towards inclusive governance as may be necessary.
“Our administration will continue to partner with and support the Osun State Government to deliver prosperity and progress to the people of the State.
The Supreme Court is set to give a final ruling on who, between the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), was duly elected governor of the Osun State in the September 2018 election.
The panel of the court slated today for judgement on the matter after entertaining arguments from parties on June 17.
The PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, in the September 22 and 27 elections, filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal to challenge the victory of Gboyega Oyetola, of the APC.
The main election was held on September 22 while a supplementary election was held on September 27 in seven polling units.
Parties are currently at the Supreme Court and the hearing has commenced.
Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday burst into celebration after the judgement of Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal on Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
The supporters at the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja jumped for joy and started jubilating at the end of the court proceedings.
Delivering the lead judgement on Thursday, Justice Hannatu Sankey set aside the judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal which nullified the victory of Oyetola because of its ‘faulty composition’.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has set aside the judgement of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal which nullified the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Delivering the lead judgement on Thursday, 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, the petitioner did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act by the absence of the ballot paper records.
The judge, therefore, set aside the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal delivered on March 22, returning Senator Ademola Adeleke as the governor of Osun State.
She made no order as to cost.
The judgement was upheld by four of the five justices of the panel.
While there were four majority judgements upholding the appeal of Governor Oyetola, while Justice George Mbanmba gave a dissenting judgement.
The majority judgment was on the ground that the lead judgment of the Tribunal was delivered by Justice Peter Obiora who did not participate fully in the proceedings of the Tribunal.
However, Justice Mbanmba said the allegation that Justice Obiora did not attend all the sessions of the Tribunal was a mere hear say.
He explained that the records of court indicated that the judge did participate in the hearing because he signed at the beginnings of the days’ proceedings.
Justice Mbanmba, thereafter, dismissed Governor Oyetola’s appeal with a cost of N200,000 against the appellant.
The appeal court also upheld the appeal filed by the All Progressive Congress (APC) on the same issues in a four to one majority judgement with a dissenting judgment from Justice Mbamba who maintained the same position.
In the lead judgment, Justice Datti Yahaya settled the appeal in favour of the APC and was supported by four of the five-man panel.
But Justice Mbamba held that parties with common interest should file a joint appeal, noting that filing separate appeals was an abuse of court process which adds to the work of the appeal court.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has advised Governor Gboyega Oyetola not to appeal the judgment of the election tribunal that sacked him.
According to a statement by the PDP Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, the party says it believes the governor will not want his integrity to be dragged to the mud.
“By accepting the option of not appealing the judgment, Oyetola would be seen as a hero, the development that may offer him an even bigger political opportunity in the future,” the statement read in part.
The PDP spokesperson also charged the governor not to succumb to the pressure from people who want to use him to have continued access to Osun’s treasury.
Reacting to the judgment of the State Governorship Election Tribunal that declared its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the poll, the party commended the judiciary for standing for the truth.
It, however, warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state against further disrespect for the judiciary and the nation’s constitution by attempting to circumvent the course of justice.
PDP noted that the election that produced Oyetola as the winner of the September 2018 governorship election in the state was marred by irregularities.
“The whole world as represented by International observers knew how INEC and security agencies colluded with the APC to rig the poll including the rerun and we knew it would not stand.
“Oyetola should remember that he will continue to bear the moral burden of sitting on another man’s mandate, he should remember that history will continue to recall him as a beneficiary of a stolen mandate.”
“But the judgment delivered at the Tribunal presently offers him a rare chance to restitute and tow the part of honour as we are aware that INEC is unwilling to appeal the unambiguous conclusion of the judges” Odeyemi added.
The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal has declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the poll.
The Tribunal made the declaration on Friday after dismissing a preliminary objection against the petition of the PDP and Senator Adeleke, challenging the outcome of the September 2018 governorship election in the state.
The preliminary objection was filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the election, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The three defendants claimed that the petition of the PDP and its candidate was incompetent and the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
Delivering a ruling on the preliminary objection, Justice Peter Obiora who is a member of the three-man Tribunal held that the petition was competent.
He also stated that the Tribunal has the jurisdiction to hear and determine it.
The judge held that there was merit in the appeal filed by the PDP and Senator Adeleke, adding that the declaration and return of Governor Oyetola by INEC was null and void.
He, thereafter, declared Senator Adeleke, who represents Osun West district in the National Assembly, as the winner of the election and duly elected governor of the state.
The judge also held that the Certificate of Return issued to Governor Oyetola be withdrawn and that a fresh one should be issued to Senator Adeleke of the PDP, having fulfilled the conditions of the law.
He said the petitioner scored the lawful majority votes at the election while the rerun held in the seven cancelled units were null and void and of no electoral effect.
In a dissenting judgment, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the petitioner could not prove substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the election.
He noted that an Election Tribunal, under Section 140(3) of the Electoral Act, lacks the powers to declare a winner where such was proved.
Justice Sirajo insisted that they can only declare a supplementary election or a fresh election, and not to make a declaration.
Justice Obiora and Justice Ayinla Gbolagunte, however, entered a majority judgment in favour of Senator Adeleke.
The PDP and Senator Adeleke had approached the Tribunal to challenge the declaration of Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the September 22, 2018, election by the electoral body.
After entertaining final arguments and adoption of written addresses by lawyers to the parties involved on March 7, the Tribunal announced that it would reserve judgment on the matter.
The Tribunal, which was earlier sitting in Osun, was relocated from the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo to Abuja in November 2018.
He said, “Let all citizens of State of Osun remain calm and peaceful in spite of the disappointment of the one-week postponement of the general elections.
“I implore our people not to lose interest in the electoral process as a result of this temporary setback.
“All eligible voters should not be deterred but turn out en masse on February 23 and March 9 to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice.
“We should continue to have confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the electoral agency’s ability to conduct credible, free, fair and transparent elections as promised by its chair, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.”
Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has signed the 2019 Appropriation Bill.
The signing took place on Thursday at the Governor’s office in the capital, Oshogbo.
Tagged ‘Budget of Hope’, the Appropriation Bill consists of N61, 320, 327, 350 (recurrent expenditure) and N93, 086, 214,050 (capital expenditure), totaling N154, 406,541, 400.
The signing was witnessed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon. Najeem Salam, Supervisor for Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Dr. Olalekan Yinusa and Supervisor for Finance Mr. Bola Oyebamiji.
Governor Oyetola had presented the budget estimate before the lawmakers on December 27, 2018.
The winner of the recent governorship election in Osun State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola was on Tuesday inaugurated as governor of the state.
The inauguration ceremony was held at Osogbo Township Stadium, at the state capital. Oyetola takes over from Rauf Aregebsola, who is also a member of the APC and has governed Osun State for eight years.
Earlier, the new deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, also took his oath of office at the event.
President Muhammadu Buhari is represented at the event by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Dignitaries including Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu and the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole were at the inauguration.
Also, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, among others were also present.
Oyetola won the Osun governorship election held in September 2018, defeating Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adeleke and the PDP have however challenged the victory in court.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has asked the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo to declare him the winner of the governorship election in the state.
Senator Adeleke made the prayer on Tuesday when he filed a petition at the tribunal to challenge the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and governor-elect, Mr Gboyega Oyetola.
He was represented at the tribunal by his running mate in the poll, Mr Albert Adeogun.
The 593-page petition was filed by one of the counsels to the PDP and its candidate, Mr Kanu Agabi.
The lawmaker and his party asked the tribunal led by Justice T.A. Igoche to nullify the victory of the governor-elect in the September 22 election.
They also asked the tribunal to declare the senator the winner of the poll because he polled the highest number of lawful votes cast and met other requirements of the law.
The PDP chairman in Osun, Mr Soji Adagunodo, and other party members were among those who stormed the tribunal in the state capital.
Mr Adagunodo told reporters that he was confident that his party would reclaim its mandate.
Senator Adeleke filed the petition at the tribunal barely three weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Mr Oyetola as the winner of the Osun governorship election.
The APC candidate had trailed the senator by 353 votes before going into a supplementary election which held in seven polling units in the state on September 27.
However, his votes from the supplementary poll were enough to help him overturn the deficit and be returned as winner of the keenly contested election.
INEC consequently declared Oyetola the winner of the election.
The final votes announced by the electoral body showed that Oyetola got 255,505 votes, while Adeleke polled 255,023 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, the winner of the Osun governorship election.
INEC declared Oyetola the winner of the poll after the supplementary election held in seven polling units in the state on Thursday.
Oyetola had trailed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, by 353 votes going into the supplementary election.
His votes from Thursday were however enough to help him overturn the deficit and be returned as winner of the keenly contested governorship election.
The final votes announced by the electoral body shows that Oyetola got 255,505 votes, while Adeleke secured 255,023 votes.
Consequently, the Returning Officer, Professor Joseph Fuwape, declared Oyetola the winner of the election.
Keenly contested race
The Osun governorship race had opened smoothly on Saturday, September 22, carrying with it the tag of being a crucial election and having a long list of candidates – 48 in all.
Beyond that, it is the biggest poll to take place before the 2019 general elections and many consider it as much a major test for INEC as it is for the parties that have hopes of changing the political landscape.
An early start to the election and a good turnout of voters did not prevent the election from dragging, however, with the supplementary poll being the decider.
By Sunday evening, INEC had declared the poll inconclusive after the margin between the two top candidates was lower than the number of voters in polling units were election did not hold or were cancelled.
Consequently, the electoral body fixed Thursday for supplementary election in seven polling units with 3,498 registered voters.
Adeleke and his party, the PDP, were irked by the decision, stressing that he ought to have been declared the winner of the poll on account of his lead.
To ensure victory in the supplementary election, the APC and the PDP made efforts to secure the support Senator Iyiola Omisore, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, who had the third highest number of votes.
Omisore opted to support Oyetola and the APC on Wednesday.
The buildup to the supplementary election itself was more heated than the situation on Saturday with more arrests and allegations and counter allegations.
Before midday on Thursday, INEC had already shown concerns about some of the reports from the field.
INEC is disturbed about reports that accredited media and observers are being arrested or prevented from operating in some polling units. This is being taken up with the security agencies.#OsunDecides2018
All issues of access to polling units by voters, accredited Media & Observers have since been resolved and the exercise is going on well in all the units in spite of the heavy rain in some areas.#OsunDecides2018
Reports of arrests, intimidation and the prevention of election observers from gaining access to polling units were among the first incidents.
Gunshots will later force voters in Osogbo to scamper for safety before returning to continue voting.
After voting ended, later in the day, the United States, European Union and United Kingdom missions in Nigeria also said there were disturbing observations.
It was not all smooth sailing at the INEC collation centre in Osogbo either.
At the start of the collation for the supplementary election, the Returning Officer had read out the votes each candidates got from the collation of results done on Sunday.
He informed party agents, observers and journalists present that the results announced on Sunday will be recorded into a new form after which the supplementary election results will be collated, added and a winner announced.
The PDP agent, Deji Adeleke, however, raised an objection, asking INEC officials to double-check the initial figures in order to avoid recording errors, especially in Osogbo.
He said the expectation was that the results from Saturday would have been double-checked with regard to some of the issues his party pointed out on Sunday.
He added that “it would be unfair” if contested figures (from Aiyedaade and other places) were recorded as the foundation for the exercise. The PDP believes 1,000 votes were deducted from its actual votes from Aiyedaade.
His position was countered by some other party agents.
The returning officer, however, told the PDP agent that his observations on Sunday had been noted that that day.
The supplementary election results were then collated as follows:
OSOGBO LGA: Unit 17 Ataoja ward 5 APC:299 PDP:165
OROLU LGA: Units 1&4 ward A APC: 280 PDP: 122
IFE SOUTH LGA: Unit 12 ward 7 APC: 455 PDP: 36
IFE NORTH LGA: Unit 02 ward 10 APC: 126 PDP: 02
At the end of the day, Oyetola got the votes needed to win.