PDP, INEC file replies, ask Osun election tribunal to dismiss Oyetola’s petition

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

Uba Group

The Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday filed their replies to the petition filed by the Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola before the Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

According to a statement signed by us Akindele Adekunle, Osun PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman, the party and INEC sued respectively as 3rd and 1st respondents by Governor Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress responded to the said petition by filing their separate replies, praying the tribunal to dismiss the petition as frivolous, baseless and un-meritorious.

They disclosed that the respondents in reply to Oyetola’s petition claimed that all the allegations in the petition were lame and imaginary, maintaining that the election was free, fair and credible without any iota of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2022.

“The respondents who considered the petition of Oyetola and the APC as time-wasting and effort in futility, hinted in their reply that Senator Ademola Adeleke fulfilled all qualification criteria and conditions to run for the election and was duly declared the winner, stating that there was no over-voting in any of the polling units being challenged by Oyetola and his APC.

“The PDP therefore advised the APC and Oyetola to face the reality of their defeat, stop the wild goose chase and start the process of handing over to the incoming administration of Senator Ademola Adeleke,” the statement read.

When contacted on the telephone, the Secretary of the tribunal, David Umar confirmed that the response of the PDP had been filed.