The Supreme Court has scheduled Tuesday as the day to announce its verdict in the dispute over the governorship election in Osun State
A panel of five justices, with Justice John Okoro as the leader, set the date after all the parties involved presented their written arguments in the case.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja overturned the decision of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which invalidated Senator Ademola Adeleke' s election as Governor of Osun State.
As a result, the Appellate Court confirmed Adeleke as the victor of the July 2022 governorship election in the state.
The panel of the presidential tribunal cautions against making sensational remarks.
A panel of three judges in the appeals court, led by Mohammed Shuaibu, had collectively reversed the previous ruling of the election petition tribunal that invalidated the governor' s win in January.
Adegboyega Oyetola, the former governor of the state who secured second place in the election on July 16, 2022, had submitted a petition contesting Adeleke' s victory.
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo, which confirmed the accusation of excessive voting in the areas won by Adeleke, had proclaimed Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the victor of the election after deducting illegal votes from the PDP' s tally.
Adeleke lodged an appeal against the decision of the lower court, requesting the higher court to overturn it and affirm his triumph.
On Friday, the appellate court upheld Adeleke' s victory and declared that the tribunal was incorrect in concluding that there was excessive voting during the governorship election held in the state on July 16, 2022.
Shuaibu, who drafted and presented the leading judgment, stated that the responsibility of substantiating the allegations of excessive voting rests entirely with Oyetola and the APC.
The appellate court held, " It is unimaginable to presume that the testimonies of the witnesses presented by the respondents had any evidential worth. "
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