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Adeleke Rejects Verdict, Vows To Appeal Judgement After Tribunal Declared Oyetola Osun Gov



…Appeal and Supreme Court Will Discard This Judgment, Nigerians React

…PDP Notorious For Rigging Elections, Says Keyamo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has reacted to his defeat at the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Osogbo.

The tribunal on Friday, upturned Adeleke’s win at the July 16th 2022 governorship polls.

However, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, the governor described it as a miscarriage of justice.

The statement read: “The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has described the judgement of the governorship tribunal as ” a miscarriage of justice”, vowing to challenge the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

“Reacting to the verdict of the Tribunal from his country home, Ede, Governor Adeleke faulted the resolution of the over-voting question in favour of Mr Oyetola, calling it “an unfair interpretation against the will of majority of voters”

“While urging his supporters to remain calm, Governor Adeleke vowed to appeal the judgement at the Court of Appeal, insisting he remains the rightful winner of the July 16 election.

“I call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgement and we are sure justice will be done. Let our people be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate”, Governor Adeleke declared.”

Meanwhile, reactions have trailed the sack of Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State by the Election Petition Tribunal.

Following the development, some netizens took to the micro-blogging platform, Twitter to express their opinions regarding the matter.

Below are some of the reactions.

@mightyvoicee wrote: “There’s nothing to worry about for Adeleke here. Same happened in 2018 when Oyetola lost to Adeleke at tribunal. But Oyetola later won at the Supreme court. It will repeat itself again now, Adeleke will win at the appeal & Supreme court.This is the people’s victory. IMOLE 💡”

@IbkSports wrote: “Adeleke will get a fair judgement from the Supreme Court. Make Oyetola go sit down.”

@Donchukskelvin2 wrote: “It happens in Imo State so I’m not surprised hearing it again. This is Nigeria.”

@Emmanomics wrote: “No be Tribunal again.. Adeleke go nowhere.. He(Adeleke) was once declared winner of the previous Election by Tribunal but the then Governor did give in to Tribunal and he rule for years. What happened? We are in Nigeria and History is about to repeat herself in favour of Adeleke.”

@TheresaTekenah wrote: “Good. The dancing man should go jare.”

@skophidman wrote: “Adeleke is still the Governor of Osun State and I can assure you that after the Appeal and Supreme Court judgment, he will remain the governor till 2026.”

@Lanr07 wrote: “When PDP or any other party wins, the election is free and fair but should APC win, it is rigged or the court is compromised.”

@Grace_Orente wrote: “What kind of rubbish is this? Make Oyetola go sit down. People didn’t choose him. They chose Adeleke. Shey na by force ni?”

@dan4matic wrote: “Well, I think Adeleke already knows what to do, go to court. PETER OBI did it in Anambra & was victorious. Except if he’s unsure of his stands.”

@call_me_oracle wrote: “Adeleke went from “almost” in 2018, to “a little bit” in 2022. 2026 is another time for him to try again.

In the meantime, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has reacted to the sacking of the governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by the election tribunal.

Keyamo congratulated Oyetola, saying the PDP is well known for rigging elections.

He wrote, “Congratulations, Governor Oyetola of Osun State. PDP & rigging are 5 & 6. All Nigerians must watch them in the forthcoming elections, too. They want to take us back to the dark days of ballot snatching and writing of results, despite the best efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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Tinubu: ‘Big Lie, I Can’t Endorse Feb 25 Illegitimate Outcome Of Flawed Process, Atiku Clears Air



Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has denied endorsing Bola Tinubu’s victory.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential flagbearer defeated Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP.

In a statement on Saturday, Atiku said his attention was drawn to a fake press release attributed to him, “purportedly giving legitimacy to the widely rigged presidential election”.

Atiku stressed that it did not emanate from him and should be treated with repudiation because it was contrived “by those who illegally appropriated the mandate of the people”.

The former Vice President said his lawyers still have been mandated to challenge the outcome of the February 25 poll.

Atiku reiterated his outright rejection of the “pre-determined outcome of the February 25 election” and vowed to continue to challenge the legality.

Calling it the “worst election in our democratic history”, the Wazirin Adamawa said his fight was not for personal interest but for the interest of Nigeria and its citizens.

“It is aimed at deepening democracy and ensuring that we do not confer legitimacy to an outcome of illegitimacy,” the statement added

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INEC To Issue Certificates Of Return To Governors-Elect, Others From March 29



INEC has fixed Wednesday, March 29 to Friday March 31 as days for the issuance of Certificates of Return to governors, deputy governors-elect and states Houses of Assembly members-elect.

Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the declaration in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

“Pursuant to the provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 for the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected on March 18.

“The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the federation,’’ Okoye stated.

He added that specific dates for the issuance of the certificates would be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various states. (NAN).

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#ENDSARS: Sanwo-Olu Orders Payment Of N5m To Assaulted Uber Driver



The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation to an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, who was assaulted by security operatives during an #ENDSARS anniversary rally in the state in October 2021.

Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had on March 14 ordered the state government and Nigeria Police Force to pay the sum while ruling on an application filed by the driver.

Clement was assaulted by police operatives and members of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency during a rally to mark the first anniversary of the #ENDSARS protest near the Lekki Toll Gate in the state.

The governor, who confirmed the development on his Twitter handle on Saturday, said he had directed the state’s Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to set up a meeting with the driver and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.

He reaffirmed his commitment to the rule of law in the state.

Sanwo-Olu wrote: “Good evening Lagos, as governor, I’m committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ rights with empathy and authority.

“I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him.

“After reviewing Mr. Clement’s case, I’ve directed the Honorable Attorney General to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.”

The governor, who confirmed that the state government has appealed the ruling, said he ordered the payment of the compensation for the good of the society.

“Although the State Government has appealed the ruling, I’ve interceded in this instance in the interest of the public good and requested that the State’s Attorney General comply with the court’s ruling.

“As a strong advocate for the rule of law, I commend all parties for seeking justice through the appropriate channels, and I remain committed to upholding the rights of all Lagosians,” he added.

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