Tribunal declares Adeleke winner of Osun governorship election
The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declared Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the September 2018 election in the state.
The 3-man tribunal upheld the petitions filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke and the PDP, challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the September 2018 governorship election.
The tribunal had earlier dismissed the objections of the APC and Oyetola. It said Adeleke’s petition has merit. The tribunal also declared the rerun election as illegal.
Adeleke had filed a petition asking the tribunal to declare that he polled the highest lawful votes and should be declared the winner.
But Oyetola, APC and INEC had filed their notices of preliminary objection contending among others that the petition was incompetent and that the court lacked jurisdiction.
A 3-member panel of the tribunal dismissed the objections filed by Gov. Oyetola, APC and INEC.
Both Adeleke and the PDP in their different petitions had urged the tribunal to declare that he scored the highest lawful votes in the election and should be declared as the winner.
However, Oyetola, APC and INEC filed their notices of preliminary objection against the petition on the grounds that the petition is incompetent adding that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the petition.
Delivering the lead ruling of the 3-man tribunal, Chairman Ibrahim Sirajo, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out.
The Tribunal held that the CTC should and must be an exact replica of the EC8A pink copies.
The discrepancies must, therefore, be explained and justified by INEC.
In this instance, the tribunal held, INEC failed to explain nor justify the alterations and that they failed to call any witness to justify the alterations.
The tribunal held that the attempt to explain the alterations on the basis of mere corrections of errors is not acceptable and the fact that the said errors were consistently made in the disputed areas means it was a deliberate action taken.
Emeka Ihedioha wins Imo State governorship election, thank voters
Emeka Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives has been declared the winner of the Imo governorship election.
Thanks Ndi Imo
Posted by Emeka Ihedioha on Monday, March 11, 2019
Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) came third with 96,458 votes.
The governor-elect Tweet to thank voters who voted for him and his party.
Thank you Ndi Imo.
It’s a victory for all of us!
I will not fail!
My word is my bond. pic.twitter.com/nvbcLQ9n6B
— Emeka Ihedioha (@EmekaIhedioha) March 11, 2019
INEC confirms Dapo Abiodun of Ogun as governor-elect
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state, Dapo Abiodun has been confirmed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the 9th March election and also declared the governor-elect.
In the official result announced on Sunday night, Abiodun polled 241, 670 votes, the highest number of votes in the election to defeat Adekunle Akinlade, governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) who scored 222,153. Abiodun won with a margin of 19,517 votes.
The APC candidate won in 11 of the 20 local government areas (LGAs), APM had six LGAs, Action Democratic Congress (2) while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won just one LGA.
ADC coming third in the election with 110,422. PDP candidate, Buruji Kashamu got 70,290 votes.