The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will appeal the verdict of the state’s election tribunal, which declared Senator Ademola Adeleke, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winner of the September 2018 governorship election.
Kunle Oyatomi, the state’s APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, said this in a statement issued on Friday, moments after the tribunal sacked Governor Gboyega Oyetola, the ruling party’s candidate in the election.
The three-man, which delivered a split decision, held that with the failure of INEC to provide any credible explanation to the alteration, the Forms EC8A in the affected polling units where the election results were disputed “were tampered with” after the conclusion of the initial election.
The panel also concluded that Senator Adeleke and the PDP proved that it was the Returning Officer for the election in the state who cancelled the results of seven polling units in the state.
But the APC averred that the verdict of the election tribunal cannot stand rigorous scrutiny at higher courts of law.
“We are going to appeal the judgment. The verdict cannot stand superior legal scrutiny. Therefore we will appeal against it,’’ the statement read.
However, the Osun PDP chapter hailed the judgment, describing the judiciary as “the last hope of the common man.”
Soji Adagunodo, the Osun PDP Chairman, said the judgment shows that “we still have men of impeccable character in the judiciary.’’
“Kudos to the Nigerian judiciary and this shows that we still have men of impeccable character in the judiciary.
“Truly, the judiciary is the last hope of common man.’’