INEC’s Lawyer Reacts To Sack Of Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke
Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Paul Ananaba has reacted to a ruling by the Osun Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sacking Ademola Adeleke as Governor of the state.
The ruling was delivered on Friday.
The tribunal had, in its judgment, declared former Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress, APC, as the authentic winner of the July 16, 2022 governorship election in the state a 2-1 split decision.
However, another member of the three-man panel delivered a minority judgment in which he affirmed Governor Ademola Adeleke of PDP as the winner of the election.
In his own reaction, INEC’s Counsel Prof. Paul Ananaba, faulted the judgment.
“The tribunal chairman delivered what is called majority judgment; the second member of the panel gave a dissenting judgment while the third thanked everybody at the tribunal.
“These are the issues we will have to look into and get back to the commission. Anybody who listened to today’s judgment will know that only two people delivered the judgment and not three.”
Further faulting the tribunal’s judgment, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria added that the Biomodal Verification Accreditation System (BVAS) was the primary source of what transpired on the day of the election.
According to him, a report issued after the election cannot be used as the primary source of what transpired on the election upon which the results would be declared.
Ananaba urged the people of the state to remain calm, assuring them that all the legal options would be explored to get Adeleke’s mandate back.
On the contrary, Counsel to APC, Dr Abiodun Layonu, thanked the tribunal for restoring the victory of Oyetola as the winner of the governorship election.
Layonu also thanked Mr Akin Olujimi (SAN) and Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) for leading Oyetola to victory at the tribunal.
He said that the judges at the tribunal considered the option of declaring Oyetola as winner in a majority judgment.
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