Osun Polls: Tribunal Dismisses APC, INEC’s Objections , Describing Them As ‘Misconceived’

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the Osun State Governorship Election

The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the separate objections filed by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC against the petition challenging their victory at the September 2018 election.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate in the election had filed the petition urging the tribunal to declared that he polled the highest lawful votes and should be declared the winner.

Recall that Oyetola, APC and INEC  had filed their notices of preliminary objection contending among others that the petition was incompetent and that the court lacked jurisdiction.

Delivering the‎ lead ruling of the three-man tribunal, Justice Peter Obi, held that the objections were misconceived and struck them out.

The tribunal added that the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear the petition.

There are two other reserved rulings the tribunal is to deliver before delving into the merit of the petition.

The Justice Ibrahim Sirajo-led three-man bench  had started delivering judgement as at 12 noon when this report was filed.