A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court headed by acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Tanko Mohammed, has adjourned till July 5 to deliver judgement in the appeal filed by the PDP governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Adeleke is challenging the judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the verdict of the lower tribunal and declared that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was validly returned as governor of the state in last September 2018 election.
Other members of the panel led by Justice Muhammad are Justices Kumai Akaahs, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amiru Sanusi, Paul Galinje and Uwani Abba-Aji.
At the proceedings on Monday, the appellants’ lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), urged the apex court to uphold his clients’ appeal, upturn the judgment of the Court of Appeal and affirm that of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had declared Adeleke as the winner of the poll.
But Oyetola’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the appeal and affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeal, which by a majority 4 to 1 ruling gave victory to Governor Oyetola.
Counsel for the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Yusuf Ali (SAN), and that for the APC, Olumide Olujinmi, also urged the apex court to dismiss the appeal.
By their appeal, the appellants are challenging the May 9, 2019 majority judgment of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which affirmed Oyetola’s victory at the September 2018 poll.