Osun Tribunal's verdict: APC congratulates Oyetola

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Adegboyega Oyetola on his victory at the Osun Election Tribunal.

The Osun Election Tribunal had earlier on Friday nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke due to over-voting.

The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said the Tribunal’s verdict represented victory for democracy and the rule of law.

It said it was a categorical affirmation of the will of the Osun electorate as expressed at the polls.

“The peaceful conduct of the Osun governorship election and effective recourse procedures are eloquent testament to our Party’s commitment to bequeathing a legacy of credible elections, and independent and fair dispensation of electoral justice.

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“The Tribunal’s findings and verdict on the pivotal question of over-voting yet again underscores the massive significance of the programme of electoral reform, and new and efficient technologies implemented by the APC-administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Again, congratulations to the triumphant people of Osun State,” the party said.

Earlier, Justice Tetsea Kume, while delivering a majority decision, declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission did not comply substantially with the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.

He subsequently deducted the over-voting observed from the votes scored by the candidates and declared that Oyetola won the election, having polled 314, 921, while Adeleke’s score came down to 290, 266.

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