The Election Petition Tribunal is set to begin sitting on Monday, September 26, 2022, to hear the election petition over the recent governorship election in Osun state.
Following his electoral defeat in the July 16 gubernatorial election in Osun state, Governor Gboyega Oyetola filed the petition against the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Oyetola wants the court to cancel the results of 749 polling units because of alleged over-voting and declare him as the winner of the election.
Oyetola tackles Adeleke: In a statement on Sunday, September 25, 2022, the Chief Press Secretary to Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan explained that his principal’s decision to challenge the governorship election should not be seen as an attempt to question the integrity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said Oyetola’s decision should instead be hailed because it was aimed at deepening the country’s democratic values and its electoral system
Omipidan maintained that due to the controversy surrounding Adeleke’s academic qualification, the governor-elect was in the first place not eligible.