Davido’s Uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke loses at the Court of Appeal, as the Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday 9th May 2019 nullified his victory at the Tribunal.
The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Gboyega Oyetota who had challenged the judgement of the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal declaring Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected Governor of the state.
According to Premium Times which broke the news a few hours ago, the Court of Appeal in its ruling set aside the judgement of the tribunal of March 22, which declared Davido’s Uncle, Senator Adeleke winner of the election.
The report has it that a five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement.
A panel member, Justice Mbaba, is currently giving a dissenting judgement
Mr Adeleke contested the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola winner after a supplementary poll but the tribunal said Mr Oyetola won the election at the first ballot
Specifically, he faulted the judgment as unknown to the law because Justice Peter Obiorah who prepared and read the lead judgement did not participate fully during the hearing of the petition.
Mr Oyetola whose appeal was first heard by the court of appeal drew the attention of the court to the February 6 proceedings in which Mr Obiorah was absent at the tribunal and did not sign the proceeding of that day.
The appellant contended that what Mr Obiorah did amounted to judicial hear-say because the proceedings of February 6 when he was not in court was copiously copied in his lead judgement.
Insisting that judicial hear-say has no place in law, Mr Oyetola asked the appeal court to quash the judgement, allow the appeal and uphold the governorship election.
On his part, the counsel to APC, Akin Olujinmi, also faulted the judgment of the tribunal led by Ibrahim Sirajo, on the ground that the petition was based on the rerun election of September 27. This was as per Premium Times