The Osun State Governorship Election petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja is set to deliver judgement on the complaints lodged against the outcome of the September 2018 election in the State by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
A hearing notice served on the parties by the tribunal on Tuesday, March 19, indicated that the judgment would now be delivered on March 22, Friday.
The three-man panel had on March 7, 2019, reserved judgment after the lawyers representing the petitioners and defence adopted their final written addresses.
The Ibrahim Sirajo-led tribunal had said parties to the suit would be given at least 48-hour notice before judgment would be delivered.
Not satisfied by the INEC’s declaration of Adegboyega Oyetola of the APC as winner of the election held on September 22, 2018, and a supplementary poll on September 27, 2018, the petitioners, Adeleke and the PDP had filed their petitions asking the tribunal to upturn Oyetola’s victory.
They alleged that the poll was marred by irregularities, including massive rigging, vote buying and other forms of malpractices.
The petitioners claimed that they scored the majority of the lawful votes in the election, and should be declared as the winner of the election.
At the March 7 proceedings of the tribunal attended by Oyetola, Wole Olanipekun (SAN) represented the governor; Akin Olujinmi (SAN) represented the APC, while Lasco Pwahomdi appeared for INEC.
In adopting their separate final addresses, Olanipekun, Olujinmi and Pwahomdi urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition on the grounds that the petitioners failed to prove their case.
Opposing their submissions, the petitioners’ counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), while adopting his final address, urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and grant his clients’ prayers.