Court Dismisses INEC’s Objections To Adeleke, PDP’s Petition

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

The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate, Sen Ademola Adeleke had filled the petition asking that the tribunal declared him the winner since he polled the highest lawful votes in the elections.

However, 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 began delivering judgment at 10.33am on Friday.

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