The Supreme Court is set to determine the winner of the Osun State governorship election held on July 16, 2022. Both the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have expressed optimism for victory in the case.
The PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, was initially declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Still, the APC candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola, disputed the result and took the matter to the Election Petition Tribunal.
In July 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun State governorship election, having polled 403,371 votes, defeating the incumbent Adegboyega Oyetola, who got 375,027 votes.
However, Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress disputed the result and took the matter to the Election Petition Tribunal, which in January 2023, declared Oyetola the winner, annulling Adeleke’s victory.
Justice B. Ogbuli, however, affirmed Adeleke as the poll winner in a minority judgment. In March 2023, the Court of Appeal nullified the tribunal judgment and returned Adeleke as the winner.
Oyetola and the PDP, dissatisfied with the previous judgment, took their case to the Supreme Court. The apex court heard the matter on Monday and announced that judgment would be delivered on Tuesday.
Both parties presented their arguments and addressed the court during the hearing. The Osun APC spokesperson, Kola Olabisi, expressed confidence in their case and hoped for a favorable outcome. He urged everyone to maintain peace regardless of the verdict.
On the other hand, the Osun PDP Director of Media, Oladele Olabamiji, expressed optimism that the apex court would uphold the verdict of the Court of Appeal, which affirmed Adeleke’s victory in the governorship election. Olabamiji expressed faith in God and believed that justice would be served.