THE Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 27, upheld the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State in the gubernatorial election held on August 9, 2014.
A seven-man panel of the court, led by Justice John Fabiyi, unanimously upheld the concurrent decisions of the election petitions tribunal and the Court of Appeal decisions on the petition filed against the outcome of the election by Iyiola Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Justice Centus Chima Nweze, in the lead judgment, held that the two appeals by Omisore were without merit and thus, dismissed them.
In the judgement, Nweze upheld the decisions of the tribunal and Court of Appeal, saying the appellant failed to produce credible evidence to support his claim of malpractices in the election.
He also upheld the cross-appeal by Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress, APC, his party, to the effect that the tribunal was wrong to have assumed jurisdiction over Omisore’s petition, which was filed outside the seven days allowed by the Electoral Act.
— Jun 8, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT