BREAKING: Supreme Court picks date to deliver judgment on Osun governorship election dispute

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The Supreme Court has fixed Tuesday, May 9, 2023, to deliver a make or mar judgment in the disputed July 16 governorship election in Osun State.

The apex court fixed the 24-hour period for the judgment delivery after taking arguments from parties involved in the matter today, Monday, May 8, 2023.

Recall that Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 16, 2022 governorship election.

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Not satisfied by the result, Oyetola headed to tribunal but was declared the winner. Adeleke then charged the case before the Appeal Court which dismissed the tribunal judgment and declared him as the authentic governor.

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After the Appeal Court ruling, Oyetola again headed to the apex court asking the court to declare him the winner of the election.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will deliver the final verdict by 2 pm on May 9, 2023.

At today’s proceedings, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN argued for the APC.

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had on Friday, March 24, vacated the tribunal judgment that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.

The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal was meritorious.

Aside from setting aside the judgment of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgment that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500,000 cost against the All Progressive Congress (APC), and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

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