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Aregbesola Vs Omisore: Supreme Court Fixes May 27 For Judgment


The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed May 27 for judgment on the appeal filed by Senator Iyiola Omisore, Osun State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, challenging the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, which had affirmed the election of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of
All Progressives Congress (APC).

The apex court reserved the judgment following the adoption of the briefs of arguments and written addresses by counsel in the suit.

Omisore’s lead counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), in his submission, urged the court to set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, as well as that of Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal.

The appellant’s counsel also urged the court to nullify the August 9, 2014 governorship on the ground of irregularities, adding that there were no concurrent findings.

He argued that the tribunal identified the irregularities which marred the election but failed to pronounce on it in its decision.

“The Tribunal did not make any finding as it ought to do in respect of the alleged irregularities,” Izinyon said.

Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN), Aregbesola’s lead counsel, urged the court to dismiss the appeal and allow his cross – appeal because the 2nd respondent was never a party to the petition.

He also urged the court to dismiss the main appeal, arguing that out of the 43 witnesses who testified at the tribunal only seven witnesses were party agents.

“The rest who claimed to be supervisors gave ‘hear say’ evidences and agreed at the tribunal that the entering they made in the result sheets were false,” Olujinmi said.

In their submissions, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and Adegboyinga Awomolo (SAN), counsel to APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),respectively, also urged the court to dismiss the appeal and allow the cross- appeal.

Justice John Fabiyi, who presided over the proceedings fixed May 27 for judgment in the governorship final contest between Omisore and Aregbesola.

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