The Appeal court in Abuja has nullified the outcome of of the election tribunal that declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of Osun 2018 governorship election.
On March 22, judgement of the tribunal declared Mr Adeleke winner of the election but Governor Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Party (APC) proceeded to appellate court.
On Thursday, a five-member panel of the appeal court led by Jummai Sankey delivered the judgement with three members of the panel agreeing with the lead judgement maintained that Mr Oyetola is a valid governor.
The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Mr Oyetola winner after a supplementary poll but the tribunal said Mr Adeleke won the election at the first ballot.
Mr Oyetola faulted the judgment of the tribunal as unknown to the law because Justice Peter Obiorah who prepared and read the lead judgement did not participate fully during the hearing of the petition.Mr Oyetola whose appeal was first heard by the court of appeal drew the attention of the court to the February 6 proceedings in which Mr Obiorah was absent at the tribunal and did not sign the proceeding of that day.
The appellant contended that what Mr Obiorah did amounted to judicial hear-say because the proceedings of February 6 when he was not in court was copiously copied in his lead judgement.
Mr Oyetola asked the appeal court to quash the judgement and uphold the governorship election.