Nigeria’s apex court, Supreme Court, headed by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Muhammad, is set to give the final judgement on the Osun 2018 governorship election today, Friday, July 5.
The judgement will determine the legal occupant of the governor’s seat between Governor Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on September 27, 2018, declared Oyetola as the winner of the Osun governorship election.
The full result was finally declared after a supplementary election in four local government areas of the state where the exercise had been cancelled but later declared to be re-run.
Senator Adeleke, however, filed a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo to challenge Oyetola’s victory.
Adeleke claimed he polled the highest number of votes in the election and asked the tribunal to cancel Oyetola’s victory and declare him the winner of the election. The tribunal in its March 22 ruling declared Adeleke as the winner of the governorship election.
The tribunal said Adeleke won the election at the first ballot on September 22 and the rerun that INEC devised to reach a final conclusion a week later was illegal.
However, on May 9, the five-member panel of the appeal court upheld the victory of Oyetola as Osun state governor.
Adeleke thereafter took the matter to the Supreme Court for final legal redress.
At 9.27am, the security agents bar journalists and others present from accessing court room. However, a tweet from Senator Ajibola Basiru, representing Osun Central senatorial district, claims four of the seven justices of the Supreme Court are in attendance to deliver the judgement.
According to Senator Basiru, N.O.O Oke and Dr Paul Ananaba, both SAN, led the legal representation for PDP and Senator Adeleke while Abiodun Olaide announced appearance for Governor Oyetola.
Adesina Agbede reportedly announced appearance for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Dr Abiodun Layonu SAN and Chief Yomi Alliyu led appearance for the APC, Senator Basiru also stated.
“There is majority judgment of 5 and dissenting judgment of 2. Appeal dismissed by majority of 5. Tribunal judgment is a nullity,” Basiru tweeted.