The Supreme Court of Nigeria has declared Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State in a verdict delivered on Tuesday. This came after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared that Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party won the 2018 governorship election with 403,371 votes, defeating then-incumbent governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, who got 375,027 votes.
However, Oyetola and the APC rejected the result and headed for the tribunal, which on January 27, 2023, annulled Adeleke's victory and declared Oyetola the winner of the poll.
With this verdict, Adeleke has been declared the rightful winner of the election, which was held on July 16, 2022. This puts an end to the legal battle that has been ongoing since the election was held. The ruling is expected to bring some stability to the political climate in Osun State, which has been tense due to the legal wrangling between the two parties.
The decision also affirms the importance of adherence to the rule of law and the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria.
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