Osun Governorship Election Tribunal declares APC’s Oyetola winner, removing Davido’s uncle Adeleke due to over voting.
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Osun Governorship Election Tribunal declares APC’s Oyetola winner, removing Davido’s uncle Adeleke due to over voting.

Osun Governorship Election Tribunal declares APC's Oyetola winner, removing Davido's uncle Adeleke due to over voting.
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Osun Governorship Election Tribunal declares APC’s Oyetola winner, removing Davido’s uncle Adeleke due to over voting.

The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the 2018 governorship election in the state. The tribunal’s decision was reached after it found that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, was guilty of over voting and other electoral offenses.

The governorship election in Osun State was held on September 22, 2018, and was widely seen as a closely contested race between the APC and the PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had initially declared Adeleke, the uncle of popular Nigerian musician Davido, as the winner of the election. However, the APC challenged the results and the case was taken to the tribunal for a final decision.

The tribunal’s judgment, which was delivered on Friday, March 22, 2019, nullified the election of Adeleke and ordered a fresh election within 90 days. The tribunal found that Adeleke and the PDP were guilty of over voting, non-compliance with electoral laws, and other electoral offenses.

Osun Governorship Election Tribunal declares APC's Oyetola winner, removing Davido's uncle Adeleke due to over voting.
Osun Governorship Election Tribunal declares APC’s Oyetola winner, removing Davido’s uncle Adeleke due to over voting.

This decision has been met with mixed reactions from the public, with supporters of the APC hailing the decision as a victory for democracy and the rule of law, while supporters of the PDP have decried the decision as a miscarriage of justice.

The decision of the tribunal is a reminder that the electoral process in Nigeria is still plagued by issues such as vote buying, over voting and non-compliance with electoral laws. It is crucial that all stakeholders, including the INEC, political parties, and the general public, work together to ensure that future elections are free, fair, and transparent.

In order to achieve this, there is a need for a more robust electoral system that is able to detect and prevent electoral offenses. The INEC should be adequately funded and equipped to carry out its mandate, and political parties should be held accountable for the actions of their candidates and supporters.

It is also important that the general public becomes more politically aware and actively participates in the electoral process. This includes becoming more informed about the candidates and their policies, and taking an active role in monitoring the electoral process to ensure that it is free and fair.

In conclusion, the decision of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal is a reminder of the ongoing challenges facing Nigeria’s electoral system. It is crucial that all stakeholders work together to address these challenges and ensure that future elections are free, fair, and transparent. It is also important for the general public to become more politically aware and active in the electoral process

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