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PDP Heads To Supreme Court Over Oyetola’s Victory

PDP heads to Supreme Court over Oyetola’s Appeal Court victory.     

Funsho Akinwale

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has disclosed that it would proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the Appeal Court in favour of Osun State Governor, Gboyega Isiaka, of the All Progressives Congress.

The party noted this in a statement released to the media on Thursday, after the shocking news of Oyetola’s victory at the Appeal Court.

Recall that Oyetola was sworn in as the governor of the state after INEC declared him winner of the governorship election which prompted the main opponent, Adeleke, of PDP, to file a case to challenge the victory.

The dancing senator, in his suit, stated that he won the September 22, 2018 poll, noting that there was no need for the supplementary election held on September 27, 2018.

The tide of events, however, changed on March 22, 2019 when the tribunal nullified Oyetola’s victory and declared Adeleke of PDP winner of the election.

The judgment was termed as minority judgement in some quarters, based on the split judgement of two to one.

But Olafeso, in the statement issued on Thursday after the appeal court judgement, stated that, “Today the Federal Court of Appeal Panel delivered its judgment on the matter of Osun Governorship election in favour of the APC and its candidate in the election.

“We must say as a party in the matter, we are shocked at the premise upon which the said verdict is anchored, therefore we are certainly thinking, and importantly, in conjunction with our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to exploit the only available option to us, by appealing against this decision to the Supreme Court.”

The PDP Vice Chairman further stated that, “It is crucial for us to underscore our fervent belief that justice is the bedrock upon which our democracy rests squarely, and without it, despotism shall reign unhindered.

“That will not be the portion of our dear nation, thus we are determined to ensure that we pursue all actions that will give muscle to the electoral desires of the people of Osun State as validly expressed in that election.

“We restate that the APC did not fairly win that election and President Buhari gave this view credence when he publicly described the victory of his party as “remote controlled”, thereby confirming that power privileges were criminally abused by his government and party.

“Most certainly, we shall approach the Supreme Court for final adjudication on this matter.

“We appeal to PDP members and supporters in Osun State to be law abiding and shun all provocations. There is certainly another judicial dawn that beckons,” Olafeso stated.