Felix Atobatele – Abuja
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed appeal filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in the September 2018 election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, challenging the election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The apex court seven-Justices panel of five to two in a split decision of five to two, held that the proceedings and the majority judgment of the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal which had declared the PDP as the winner of the poll were a nullity.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who read the lead majority judgment of the apex Court held that the absence of Mr Peter Obiorah who later read the lead judgment of the Tribunal during the February 6, 2019 hearing, had rendered the entire proceedings of the said Tribunal and its judgment a nullity.
In affirmation of the ruling, the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, and three other members consented to the lead majority judgment.
However, Justice Kumai Akaahs and Justice Paul Galinje affirmed PDP as winner of the poll.