The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed in September 2018 election in Osun State by the People’s Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke, challenging the Election of All Progressive Congress Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
In a five-to-two split decision, the apex court panel of seven judges ruled that the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal’s proceedings and majority judgment, which had declared the PDP the winner of the poll, were null and void.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read the apex court’s lead majority judgment, ruled that the absence of Justice Peter Obiorah, who subsequently read the tribunal’s lead judgment during the 6th February 2019 hearing, had made the tribunal’s entire proceedings and its decision null and void.
Nigeria’s Acting Chief Justice, Justice Tanko Muhammad, and three other members agreed to the majority lead judgment.
Justice Kumai Akaahs and Justice Paul Galinje however, affirmed PDP as the poll’s winner.