Oyo Guber Election: Appeal Court sets judgement aside

Aisha John-Mark, Abuja

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The court of Appeal has found that the Judgement of the lower Tribunal dismissing the petition of Adebayo Adelabu challenging the election of Seyi Makinde as the Governor of Oyo State in the election held on 9th March 2019 was perversed and therefore set the Judgement aside.

The court of Appeal did not make any further order concerning the election of Seyi Makinde who is the Governor of the state.

The Appeal Court did not make any order for re- hearing of the election petition and as such, Status quo as the time of filing the petition by Adebayo Adelabu remains.

The court of appeal in her lead judgement which was agreed to by 3 other judges, ruled that the appellants, APC & chief Bayo Adelabu were not given fair hearing by the tribunal & thereby set aside the tribunal judgement!

The Electoral act only give a grace of 180 days for the case to be heard at the tribunal, they affirmed that the tribunal has duly spent her time and so nothing could be done on their pronouncement as to the validity of the election.

The Appeal Court therein resolved all issues in the favour of the appellants with a dissenting judgement from a judge but with a provision that they can’t nullify the election of the governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde.