The former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has said the change in the tribunal’s judgment that declared Senator Ademola Adeleke winner of the state’s governorship poll is “a dramatic U-turn to its initial judgment”.
Criticizing the judgment, Aregbesola said the All Progressives Congress should not be punished for errors committed by the Independent National Electoral Commission during the polls.
“Should the tribunal allow APC to suffer as a result of the mistakes or omissions made by the INEC staff,” The Guardian reports.
“It is shocking that APC will be penalized for the error or mistake of INEC and its staff in this regard, even when there is evidence of validly conducted and concluded elections in the 17 polling units, especially where no miscarriage of justice has been shown to have been occasioned,” he added
Last Thursday, an elections petition tribunal declared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Adeleke winner of gubernatorial elections, after it declared the state’s supplementary elections invalid and sacked Gboyega Oyetola.
The supplementary election was conducted after Adeleke polled 254,698 votes to beat APC’s Oyetola who trailed him with 254,345 votes.
The election was declared inconclusive after collation of results because the margin between both parties was less than the number of registered voters in the seven polling units where elections were cancelled.
The former governor reiterated that the supplementary election was valid while saying the ruling party will appeal the tribunal’s judgment with confidence that it will be reversed.