Osun state Governor Gboyega Oyetola has challenged the outcome of the Osun governorship election at the election petition tribunal.
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke in the Osun state governorship election won the July 16 election.
Adeleke polled 403,371 votes to defeat Oyetola of the APC, who polled 375,027 votes.
In a petition filed on August 5, Oyetola is asking the court to nullify Adeleke’s election because he was not qualified to contest and that he was not elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast.
In the suit, Oyetola is the first petitioner while the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the second petitioner – the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Adeleke and the PDP are first, second and third respondents respectively.
Oyetola in the petition claimed that the second respondent forged the certificates submitted to INEC and did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022.
He told the court that Adeleke had previously in 2018 submitted a forged certificate to the 1st Respondent herein along with his Form C.F.001.
According to him, “The Petitioners hereby plead and shall rely on Form EC8D (being the summary of collation of results) and Form EC8E (being the declaration of result) issued by the 1st Respondent, not only to show the recorded scores but also to demonstrate the invalidity of the scores recorded thereon,” the petition reads.
“The Petitioners plead and shall also rely on the Reports and evidence by their Experts, including Statisticians, Forensic Examiners and other witnesses, as well as the Report of Inspection and Production of Materials granted to the Petitioners by this Honourable Tribunal.
“The 2nd Respondent was, at the time of the election, not qualified to contest the election. The Petitioners aver that the 2nd Respondent did not possess the educational qualification to contest the election to the office of Governor of Osun State held on Saturday, 16th July 2022 conducted by the 1st Respondent.
“The Petitioners contend that the 2nd Respondent was, at the material time, not qualified to contest election to the office of the Governor of Osun State for having presented forged certificates to the 1st Respondent. The Petitioners say that the Diploma Certificate of Penn Foster High School purportedly awarded on the 16th day of July 2021 and submitted by the 2nd Respondent along with his Form EC9 to the 1st Respondent, was forged.
“The Petitioners further say that the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice purportedly awarded by Atlanta Metropolitan State College and submitted by the 2nd Respondent along with his Form EC9 to the 1st Respondent, was forged. The Petitioners further plead that the 2nd Respondent had also previously in 2018 submitted a forged certificate to the 1st Respondent herein along with his F
The petition is signed by over 30 lawyers, including senior advocates of Nigeria.