The current Governor of Osun state Ademola Adeleke has been removed by the court after a judgment was passed at the election tribunal.
Former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had filed a suit against his closest rival challenging the emergence of Adeleke as the governor of the state in 2022.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate had accused Adeleke who represented the PDP in Osun, of overvoting during the gubernatorial election.
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Oshogbo passed the statement on Friday, January 27, 2023, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return given to Adeleke and issue a Certificate of Return to former Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Vanguard.
Justice Tertse Kume who read the judgment disclosed that the former governor Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against Adeleke’s 219,666.
The statement read: “Today, 27th day of January 2023; the Osun State Governorship Election Petition sitting in Osogbo has delivered its judgment by a 3-man panel Hon. Justice Tertsea Kume.
“In the judgment aforesaid, the Tribunal declared Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as the winner of the Osun State Governorship elections held on 16th July 2022; sacking Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“At the time of this report, it is unclear the ratio decidendi of the tribunal’s judgment but it may not be unconnected with overvoting and a possible challenge on the WAEC certificate of the PDP candidate.”