INEC urges court to return APC candidate as Osun governor
INEC has called on the Court of Appeal to return Oyetola as Osun state governor.
The candidate of the PDP, Ademola Adeleke ischallenging the result of the election.
The Osun state election tribunal declared Adeleke as winner of the election The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday urged the Court of Appeal Abuja to return Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as duly elected governor of Osun State.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that others who prayed the court to return Oyetola as governor includes the APC, and Oyetola himself.
Counsel to the parties made the unanimous call while adopting their written addresses before a five-man panel of justices of the court led by Justice Hannatu Sankey.The other justices are Abubakar Yahaya, Isaiah Akeju and Bitrus Sanga.
The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal on March 22 declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the duly-elected governor of the state.
The tribunal held that the re-run election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC was unconstitutional.
It therefore directed INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return earlier issued to Oyetola and issue same to Adeleke.
Mr Yusuf Ali, SAN, Counsel to INEC while adopting his address, however argued that the decision of the lower tribunal was made in error.
Ali submitted that the respondents’ argument that the commission failed to conduct proper accreditation and deliberately voided votes to favour Oyetola was a figment of imagination.
He said the Adeleke and the PDP failed to prove over-voting in the election, adding that the results from both the Sept.22 and Sept. 27, 2018 were true reflection of the exercise.
He however, explained that the anomalies in the recording of votes in columns of form EC8Awere not substantial enough to sway the election in Adeleke’s favour.
Ali submitted that the commission fully complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution as amended in the conduct of the election.