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Adeleke Forged Certificates, Oyetola Tells Tribunal

Adegboyega Oyetola, the Governor of Osun State has leveled some allegations towards Ademole Adeleke.

The governor, on Friday requested the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo to nullify the election of Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion.

In keeping with the governor, the election was fraught with sure irregularities.

He additionally mentioned that Adeleke ought to not have been declared winner as he was not certified to have contested the election within the first place, having submitted cast certificates to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Commision.

Saturday PUNCH reported that Adeleke was returned elected by the INEC, after defeating his closest challenger, Oyetola, and 13 different candidates, scoring a complete of 403, 371

Oyetola received 375, 027 votes and gained in 13 Native Authorities Areas of the state to return second within the election.

A member of Oyetola’s authorized crew, Kunle Adegoke (SAN), in an interview with Saturday PUNCH instantly after submitting the petition in Osogbo mentioned the governor has assembled 50 attorneys together with 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, itemizing 13 grounds on which premises Adeleke needs to be disqualified.

Different key members of the authorized crew included Prince Lateef  Fagbemi (SAN), Chief Akin Olujumi (SAN), Prince Biodun Layonu (SAN/, Muritala Abdulrasheed (SAN).

Adegoke mentioned the election in lots of 749 polling items have been fraught with irregularities.

The authorized crew, he mentioned, have established by the petition that the election in these 749 polling items throughout 10 Native Governments in Osun State was characterised by irregularities pertaining to over voting.

Adegoke mentioned, “Now we have nothing lower than 50 attorneys, together with 10 SANs that we can’t checklist all of them, so we’ve listed about 20 attorneys within the petition. Now we have 13 reliefs. What we’re contesting is that the election is fraught with sure irregularities by which the individual declared winner ought to not have been declared and the petitioner, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola should have been declared the winner on the bottom that Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke was not certified to have contested the election within the first place, having submitted cast certificates to INEC.

“The second is that the election in 749 polling items was fraught with irregularities and the election in these items should have been nullified. All of the polling items talked about are in 10 Native Governments, out of 30.

“So, if the election in those units is nullified and the votes are cancelled, then Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola will have comfortable requirements of the constitution to be declared winner of the election.”

Requested when the trobinal would start sitting, Adegoke mentioned he doesn’t know.

“We don’t know but however now that we’ve filed, it’s anticipated that when the PDP is served, their attorneys will file their very own defence then we are going to file a reply to their defence. That’s when the tribunal will be capable to give a date.

“Except if either of the two parties have an application that requires urgency, only then can the Tribunal have an emergency sitting but as of now nobody knows the date”, he mentioned.

Adegoke had on July 19 instructed The PUNCH that Oyetola could line up over 50 attorneys to contest the declaration of Adeleke as winner.

He had mentioned, “We’re nonetheless reviewing paperwork and the authorized crew is definitely working. In an election of this nature, the paperwork will probably be so many; so you will need to have a look at them critically earlier than we take a call and that’s precisely what we’re engaged on proper now.

“Dr Biodun Layonu (SAN), is the chief of the crew. The authorized crew shouldn’t be full but as a result of there are such a lot of others that can nonetheless are available in.

“Within the meantime, the 2 members of the authorized crew we will reveal is Dr Biodun Layonu and Kunle Adegoke. Others which will are available in are folks, we could not know however as quickly as we’re prepared to maneuver, we are going to notify the press.

“The membership can’t be determined as many lawyers are interested in joining the team. You know election petition is a special case. So, we allow as many lawyers that are interested to come in. We may run into 50 or more membership.”

When contacted for response, the Chairman, Media Administration Staff of Osun PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, mentioned the celebration was not dropping sleep over the petition.

In keeping with him, a lot of APC leaders that have been saying that the results of the election needs to be challenged earlier than the tribunal, misplaced election of their wards, saying APC ought to have adopted the spirit of sportsmanship relating to the results of the ballot.

“It’s so sadly that APC didn’t imagine within the spirit of sportsmanship. We’d have anticipated them to congratulate Adeleke. A lot of them, who’re championing the reason for tribunal misplaced of their polling items and their wards.

“We wonder what they want to take to the Tribunal now. We are not afraid or losing sleep, Oyetola can’t win. We will meet them at the tribunal. Regarding the allegation of forged certificate, there is nothing like that. They are only looking for an avenue to come back to government through the backdoor. PDP is thorough political party that look at all the certificates presented by the candidates,” Odeyemi concluded.

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