Following the outcome of the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday, filed a petition before the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the State High Court, Osogbo, the State capital.
The petitioners, who were challenging the results of the Osun State governorship election in some of the Local Government Areas of the State, prayed the Tribunal to upturn the victory of Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declare Governor Oyetola of the APC as the winner of the poll.
This is even as the first petitioner and governor of the State, Adegboyega Oyetola, was physically present at the Tribunal to sign the petition filed before the Tribunal.
It would be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday, July 17, 2022 declared Senator Adeleke winner of the July 16 governorship election having polled a total number of 403,271 votes against 375,027 polled by Governor Oyetola.
Addressing journalists shortly after the petition was filed, signed and sealed at the Tribunal, one of the petitioners’ Counsels, Mr. Kunle Adegoke (SAN), expressed confidence in the substance of the petition to ensure victory for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the ruling party.
According to him, the legal team of the petitioners have established fundamental grounds to seek justice and ensure victory for them in view of the substance of the case.
Also, the State chairman of the APC, Famodun, while fielding questions from journalists, expressed confidence in the substance of the petition, saying “by the grace of God, we will win the case and come out victorious.
“We are here today to file our election petition to challenge the outcome of the July 16 governorship election in Osun. We just filed it, signed and sealed for the Tribunal to take over from there.
“By the grace of God we are confident of victory. The members of the party are in tune with me, that is why you see many of them here with me. A lot of people are here today believing that we have a good case and by the grace of God we will have a cause to jubilate at the end of the case.”