In respect to the order given by the Osun State petition tribunal calling for the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to Senator Ademola Adeleke, the commission stated that it will only take the step if the governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola fails to appeal the judgement within 21 days.
Recall that the State governorship election petition tribunal had nullified the rerun election in the state which saw Oyetola declared as winner of the governorship election in the state.
Justice Peter Obiora while delivering his judgement called on INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Adeleke as the lawful and validly elected governor of Osun State.
With rumour making rounds that INEC had issued a certificate of return to Adeleke, the National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye dismissed the rumours.
“The commission has not issued any new certificate in relation to Osun State.”
“Section 143(1) of the Electoral Act gives a candidate whose election is set aside a period of 21days from the date of the decision to appeal against such a decision.”
“The person is entitled to remain in office pending the determination of the appeal. The commission will only issue the certificate if appeal is not lodged within 21 days. The commission has not issued any new certificate in relation to Osun State,” Okoye told Leadership newspaper.