The Supreme Court will determine the fate of Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, and his predecessor, Gboyega Oyetola, today, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, based on the outcome of the July 16 governorship election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeleke the winner of the election.
Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 403,371 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyetola, the then-incumbent governor.
But Oyetola and his party challenged Adeleke’s victory in the Election Petitions Tribunal, saying the election was fraught with irregularities.
In January, Justice Tertse Kume upheld Adeleke’s victory and declared Oyetola the winner of the poll.
The judge also ordered the electoral body to issue a certificate of return to Oyetola, who, according to the ruling, scored the majority of lawful votes with 314,931 against Adeleke’s 290,266.
Displeased by the judgment, Adeleke and the PDP headed to the Court of Appeal, where the tribunal judgment was nullified in March.
Not satisfied with the appeals court verdict, Oyetola and the PDP headed for the Supreme Court.
The apex court heard the matter on Monday and fixed judgment for today, Tuesday, May 9, 2023.