The tribunal had, by a majority judgment given by two of its three members, voided the election of Oyetola, pronounced Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner.
It then asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC to issue him a certificate of return.In a 39-ground notice of appeal filed on March 26, 2019 by his team of lawyers, led by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Oyetola faulted the majority judgment, given by Justices Peter Obiora and Anyinla Gbolagunte, on the grounds that it was perverse, replete with contradictions and not supported by evidence led by the petitioners.
Oyetola wants the Court of Appeal to uphold his appeal, set aside the majority judgment and dismiss the October 16, 2018 petition by PDP and Adeleke.
THIS JUDGEMENT CANNOT STAND
he report of the split judgement of the Osun Election Petition
Tribu nal last Friday which nullified the election of Governor
Gboyega Oyetola came to us as a rude shock.
We have the highest regards for the judiciary and we will continue to have high
regards for the revered institution. However, we regret to note that the
decisions in the majority judgement, as can be seen from our subsequent observations, is strange to law and common sense. It certainly does not support the
cause of electoral justice and may constitute the death knell for properly
conducted elections. Therefore, with all sense of responsibility, we reject the
majority judgment and believe that it will not stand scrutiny at the appellate
The state Government of Osun has alleged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of making some attempts to incite the judiciary against Governor Gboyega Oyetola through frivolous allegations.
The government stated this just as it refuted the allegation made by the PDP that Governor Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are planning to blackmail the judiciary on the majority judgment of the Osun governorship election petition tribunal.
IN his response last Friday to the demands by the visiting Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leaders that he should run an inclusive government in his second term in office, President Muhammadu Buhari spoke guardedly of focusing on merit and national spread “in the area of allocation of political offices”.
If newspaper reports captured the president’s thoughts and statements well, he is unlikely to mean that the inclusiveness he has in mind would spread to other sectors of national life as counselled by the CAN.
The Christian leaders, the reports indicate, want no exclusion of any kind, and mean no focus of a particular type, in their admonition to the president. In one of his foreign trips early in his first term, the president had some problems comprehending the concept of inclusiveness when foreign reporters drew his attention to it.
A 42-year-old man, Segun Oni has reportedly killed his brother in-law, Sunday Oluwadare, 36 in Akure, the Ondo State capital over N30,000 debt. It was gathered that the incident which happened at Adebowale area of Akure, the state capital was as a result of disagreement on the issue of debt owed by suspected killer. According to an eyewitness who craved for anonymity, he explained that the deceased had a disagreement with Segun for not paying his #30,000 debt. “The disagreement led to a fisticuff, and while Sunday was having an upper hand, the suspect went for a log and hit the deceased on the head. “Before Sunday who married daughter of the suspect’s elder brother, could be taken to the State Specialist Hospital, Akure, he had given up the ghost.” It was also gathered that the suspect who fled after committing the crime, later submitted himself to the police in Akure following the arrest of his wife. The duo were known for operating tippers and selling of sand and gravel. Meanwhile the Police spokesperson in the state, Femi Joseph confirmed the incident and said investigation had commenced on it.
Former Director of Election Planning for President Muhammadu Buhuri Presidential Campaign Council in 2015 and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Imo State, Dr. Theodore Ekechi has advised former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded election in the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to withdraw his suit challenging the result of the presidential election. According the convener of a coalition group in Imo State that fought Governor Rochas Okorocha to a standstill, if Atiku opens one can of worm against President Buhari, he would have opened over 10 other cans of worm against himself, saying that there is no perfect election anywhere in the world.
The Osun State Government says it is not recruiting into the state’s civil service at present.
This denial came on the heel of the rumoured recruitment by the state government into the civil service, which has been generating controversies within and outside the state.
The incidence occurred on March 16, at Kwari village in Jibia local government Area of Katsina state.
The suspect who allegedly pulled the trigger, Mani Muhammed, was arrested and charged to court.
It was gathered that Muhammed who also reside in the same village with the deceased mistakenly pulled the trigger while trying to collect the gun from his friends who were testing the efficacy of their bulletproof charm.
Salisu was confirmed dead after being rushed to the Jibia general hospital following the incidence.
Muhammed however, reported himself to Jibia police station after the incidence occurred.
He was charged to a Katsina senior Magistrate court on Tuesday, March 26, for causing grievous hurt and culpable homicide.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Lawal Bello, told the court that investigation is still ongoing on the case.
Bello said the offence contravened sections 246 and 222 (7) of the Penal Code.
The presiding senior magistrate, Hajiya Fadila Dikko, adjourned the case to May 7, 2019, for mention and ruled that Mohammed be remanded in prison custody till then.