By Tunde Oyekola
The Supreme Court will begin hearing of an appeal filed by the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, on Thursday, May 7.
This was contained in an appeal notice issued by the Supreme Court on April 30, 2015 and dispatched to all the parties concerned.
It was also stated in the notice that the hearing would begin by 9 am tomorrow.
Omisore had filed a petition against the state Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who was declared the winner of the election, before the election tribunal sitting in Osogbo but lost the case as the tribunal dismissed his petition for lack of merit on February 6.
He appealed the verdict at the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State and also failed.
The Court of Appeal on April2 dismissed Omisore’s case and affirmed the victory of Governor Aregbesola of the APC.
The appellate court dismissed Omisore’s petition for lacking in merit and for being a gross violation of paragraphs 18 (1) of the first schedule to the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
The Supreme Court notice indicated that the business of the day would begin with the “adoption of the briefs of arguments earlier filed by the parties before the court”.
Omisore and his political party, PDP, had filed a 14-ground Appeal and formulated nine issues for determination.
The 1st and 2nd respondents, Ogbeni Aregbesola and APC have also raised preliminary objections to the Notice of Appeal filed against the judgement of the Court of Appeal.
They also filed their responses to the Appellants’ brief and a Cross-Appeal against the aspect of the judgement of the Court of Appeal, which admitted in evidence a document not tendered by the maker.