The Supreme Court on Friday validated the election of Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Osun state.
The apex court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal which nullified the March 22 judgement of the Osun State election petition tribunal which had declared Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as the winner of the September 2018 election.
The Supreme Court in a split judgement agreed substantially with the Court of Appeal which ruled that a majority judgement delivered at the tribunal was a nullity, Premium Times reports.
According to the court, the judge who had read the majority judgement at the tribunal, Peter Obiora, was evidently absent on February 6, following the documents before the court.
It noted that the failure of Mr Obiora to be present on that day meant that the tribunal lacked the authorities to have given any judgment on the matter.
At the apex court on Friday, five of the seven judges on the panel were in favour of Oyetola, leaving Adeleke with just two.
Two of the seven members of the Supreme Court panel, however, disagreed with the ruling.