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Osun Poll: Adeleke Shouldn’t Have Contested Election In The First Place, He Forged Certificate- Oyetola Tells Tribunal 

While many Nigerians are now fixed their gaze on the forthcoming 2023 general election, the people of Osun state are still busy clearing the rubbles of the last governorship election in the state.

The State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola who is the candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the election has approached the Election Petition Tribunal in Osogbo to nullify the election of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke.

Oyetola cited Certificate forgery as reason Adeleke’s victory must be nullified. He argued that the governor -elect submitted forged academic certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Oyetola also said the election was fraught with certain irregularities and Adeleke ought not to have contested the election in the first place.

According to member of Oyetola’s legal team, Kunle Adegoke (SAN), during an interview immediately after filing the petition in Osogbo on Friday, the governor has assembled 50 lawyers including 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, listing 13 grounds on which premises Adeleke should be disqualified.

Other key members of the legal team included Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Chief Akin Olujumi (SAN), Prince Biodun Layonu (SAN/, Muritala Abdulrasheed (SAN).

Adegoke said the election in many 749 polling units were fraught with irregularities.

The legal team, he said, have established by the petition that the election in those 749 polling units across 10 Local Governments in Osun State was characterized by irregularities pertaining to over voting.

Adegoke said, “We have nothing less than 50 lawyers, including 10 SANs that we cannot list all of them, so we have listed about 20 lawyers in the petition.

We have 13 reliefs. What we are contesting is that the election is fraught with certain irregularities by which the person declared winner ought not to have been declared and the petitioner, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola ought to have been declared the winner on the ground that Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke was not qualified to have contested the election in the first place, having submitted forged certificate to INEC.

“The second is that the election in 749 polling units was fraught with irregularities and the election in those units ought to have been nullified. All the polling units mentioned are in 10 Local Governments, out of 30.

“So, if the election in those units is nullified and the votes are cancelled, then Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola will have comfortable requirements of the constitution to be declared winner of the election.”

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