Adeleke Cast Certificates, Oyetola Tells Tribunal
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Friday requested the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo to nullify the election of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Celebration, Ademola Adeleke.
In response to the governor, the election was fraught with sure irregularities.
He additionally mentioned that Adeleke ought to not have been declared winner as he was not certified to have contested the election within the first place, having submitted cast certificates to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Commision.
Saturday PUNCH reported that Adeleke was returned elected by the INEC, after defeating his closest challenger, Oyetola, and 13 different candidates, scoring a complete of 403, 371
Oyetola obtained 375, 027 votes and received in 13 Native Authorities Areas of the state to come back second within the election.
A member of Oyetola’s authorized crew, Kunle Adegoke (SAN), in an interview with Saturday PUNCH instantly after submitting the petition in Osogbo mentioned the governor has assembled 50 attorneys together with 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, itemizing 13 grounds on which premises Adeleke ought to be disqualified.
Different key members of the authorized crew included Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Chief Akin Olujumi (SAN), Prince Biodun Layonu (SAN/, Muritala Abdulrasheed (SAN).
Adegoke mentioned the election in lots of 749 polling models had been fraught with irregularities.
The authorized crew, he mentioned, have established by the petition that the election in these 749 polling models throughout 10 Native Governments in Osun State was characterised by irregularities pertaining to over voting.
Adegoke mentioned, “We now have nothing lower than 50 attorneys, together with 10 SANs that we can’t listing all of them, so we have now listed about 20 attorneys within the petition. We now have 13 reliefs. What we’re contesting is that the election is fraught with sure irregularities by which the particular person declared winner ought to not have been declared and the petitioner, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola must have been declared the winner on the bottom that Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke was not certified to have contested the election within the first place, having submitted cast certificates to INEC.
“The second is that the election in 749 polling models was fraught with irregularities and the election in these models must have been nullified. All of the polling models talked about are in 10 Native Governments, out of 30.
“So, if the election in these models is nullified and the votes are cancelled, then Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola may have snug necessities of the structure to be declared winner of the election.”
Requested when the trobinal would begin sitting, Adegoke mentioned he doesn’t know.
“We don’t know but however now that we have now filed, it’s anticipated that when the PDP is served, their attorneys will file their very own defence then we’ll file a reply to their defence. That’s when the tribunal will have the ability to give a date.
“Besides if both of the 2 events have an software that requires urgency, solely then can the Tribunal have an emergency sitting however as of now no one is aware of the date”, he mentioned.
Adegoke had on July 19 informed The PUNCH that Oyetola could line up over 50 attorneys to contest the declaration of Adeleke as winner.
He had mentioned, “We’re nonetheless reviewing paperwork and the authorized crew is definitely working. In an election of this nature, the paperwork can be so many; so you will need to have a look at them critically earlier than we take a choice and that’s precisely what we’re engaged on proper now.
“Dr Biodun Layonu (SAN), is the chief of the crew. The authorized crew is just not full but as a result of there are such a lot of others that may nonetheless are available.
“Within the meantime, the 2 members of the authorized crew we will reveal is Dr Biodun Layonu and Kunle Adegoke. Others which will are available are folks, we could not know however as quickly as we’re prepared to maneuver, we’ll notify the press.
“The membership can’t be decided as many attorneys are curious about becoming a member of the crew. You realize election petition is a particular case. So, we permit as many attorneys which can be to come back in. We could run into 50 or extra membership.”
When contacted for response, the Chairman, Media Administration Crew of Osun PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, mentioned the celebration was not shedding sleep over the petition.
In response to him, lots of APC leaders that had been saying that the results of the election ought to be challenged earlier than the tribunal, misplaced election of their wards, saying APC ought to have adopted the spirit of sportsmanship concerning the results of the ballot.
“It’s so sadly that APC didn’t imagine within the spirit of sportsmanship. We’d have anticipated them to congratulate Adeleke. A lot of them, who’re championing the reason for tribunal misplaced of their polling models and their wards.
“We surprise what they wish to take to the Tribunal now. We aren’t afraid or shedding sleep, Oyetola can’t win. We are going to meet them on the tribunal. Relating to the allegation of cast certificates, there’s nothing like that. They’re solely on the lookout for an avenue to come back again to authorities via the backdoor. PDP is thorough political celebration that have a look at all of the certificates offered by the candidates,” Odeyemi concluded.
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