Hot on the heels of the Osun state tribunal Judgment, the elections petition tribunal has delivered yet another powerful judgment in another state.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday, upheld the victory of Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in last year’s governorship election held in Ekiti State.]
A three-man panel of the court dismissed the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the election, Kolapo Olusola, for lack of merit.
The court also upheld the January 28, 2019 judgment of the Ekiti State Election Tribunal, which sat in Abuja owing to problem of insecurity in Ekiti State.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Gboyega Oyetola, the party’s governorship candidate in Osun State, have officially appealed the judgment of the Osun Election Petition Tribunal nullifying their victory at the polls.
In a judgment given on March 22, 2019, two of the three-member panel had given a majority ruling in favour of Ademola Adeleke, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The tribunal had declared Adeleke the winner of the election and also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him a certificate of return.
The APC has filed a suit at the Court of Appeal in Abuja asking for a reversal of the judgment of the tribunal.
Led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the APC’s team of lawyers have filed a notice on 39 grounds, faulting the judgment of Justice Peter Obiora and Justice Anyinla Gbolagunte, noting that there was no evidence to support the position.
APC and Oyetola are asking the court to set aside the judgment and dismiss the petition dated October 16, 2018, filed by PDP and Adeleke.