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.
Ooni of Ife meets President Buhari in Aso Rock [PHOTO]
To calm frayed nerves and bring down the embers of war being fanned by unguarded statements from some notable figures of ethnic nationalities across Nigeria, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Thursday clarified that the South-West was not ready to go to war with any part of the country.
The highly revered king disclosed this to State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
The paramount ruler said he came to the State House on behalf of royal fathers in the South-West to make a case for improved security across the region.
Ooni noted that the escalating security challenges in the country had led to some persons and groups beating the drums of war.
He clarified that it was not the position of the Yoruba, adding that the region was only interested in improved security of lives and properties.
“Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.
“We should better use them (youths) for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that”.
Ooni, however, told the President to flush out the bad eggs among the Fulani herdsmen, adding that the task was not impossible if Federal Government collaborated with all stakeholders including the traditional rulers in the country.
To this, he assured of the president’s commitment to secure all in the country.
“We told the President that, and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion.
“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu), to visit all traditional institutions in the South-West”, the respected monarch said.
Nigeria’s Vice President son graduates from University of Warwick
The graduation held yesterday Wednesday, July 17th.
Fiyin, the only son of the family attended Bosworth Independent College before moving on to Warwick, one of the Top 9 universities in the UK and 54th in the world, according to the latest ranking by Times and Sunday Times.
Aisha Buhari wants Police to prosecute COZA pastor over rape allegations
Wife of the Nigerian president, Aisha Buhari has called on the Inspector General of the Police to take action against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, over the rape allegations leveled against him by Busola Dakolo, wife of singer, Timi Dakolo.
Alleged rape Pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo
Mrs. Buhari made the call in a Tweet on Wednesday, calling for more involvement in the matter and urged on other concerned authorities investigate the matter.
“#IGofPolice #EveryoneGetInvolved #SayNoToRape,” she wrote on Twitter.
— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) July 10, 2019