The Court of Appeal in Ibadan has upheld the election of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
In upholding the election on Thursday, the court dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 governorship election in the state, Adegboyega Isiaka.
The court said Mr. Isiaka’s appeal lacked merit and that Mr. Amosun, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the election, was validly elected.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Ogun State had on October 24 dismissed the petition brought by Mr. Isiaka and his party.
The tribunal Chairperson, Henry Olusiyi, had, while delivering a judgement that lasted more than four hours, said the principal witnesses of the petitioners were inconsistent and could not be relied upon.
Mr. Olusiyi said the petitioners presented a statistician and not a forensic expert, so his competency on the analysis of the data could not be relied upon.
Mr. Olusiyi explained reasons the tribunal could not rely on most of the exhibits submitted by the petitioners, saying tendering documents without logical argument and genuine evidences was untenable.
The tribunal ruled that the petitioners relied so much on written evidence and not oral evidence, citing Abubakar versus Yar’adua 2007, Amosun versus INEC, 2007, and Buhari versus Obasanjo 2003, to support the position of the tribunal.
He also added that the petitioners failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that elections in the nine out of the 20 local governments of the state were marred by irregularities.
The petitioners, in their arguments, claimed that elections in Obafemi- Owode, Odeda, Ewekoro, Ado-Odo/Ota, Remo North, Sagamu, Abeokuta North and South were marred by irregularities.
Mr. Isiaka disagreed with that judgment, and immediately headed to the Court of Appeal, which has now ruled against him.
The PDP candidate is now at liberty to appeal to the Supreme Court if he so wishes.
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