Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State on Monday claimed victory following a judgement by the Court of Appeal on the election of Governor Seyi Makinde.
The judges of the Appeal Court ruled that the appeal of Bayo Adelabu, the candidate of the APC, “subsists”, and also nullified the ruling of the Election Tribunal that upheld the election of the PDP candidate.
The Appeal Court nullified the ruling of the Oyo Tribunal, but however ruled that the status quo before the tribunal’s ruling should remain because it cannot order the tribunal to revisit its judgement since the constitutionally allowed 180 days have elapsed.
The Appeal Court noted that it could not nullify the election of the PDP candidate.
The confusing judgement left PDP and APC party supporters claiming victory at the court on Monday.
But here’s what Makinde’s lawyer, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has to say about the ruling; “the declaration of Seyi Makinde as governor (by the Independent National Electoral Commission).
“has not been affected in any way. The Court of Appeal in their wisdom said they did not agree with the lower tribunal. They did not also say that they did not agree with INEC. So, INEC’s declaration is sacrosanct and it remains until any other pronouncement from the court.
“We have not seen the details of the judgment. We were all in court and you (journalists) saw that the details were not read to us. As far as we are concerned, there is no cause for alarm.
“There is no implication on the return and declaration of Seyi Makinde as the governor of Oyo State.”
Confirming that Governor Makinde has not been sacked from office, the counsel to the APC candidate, Adeboye Shobanjo, said; “In totality, the appeal was allowed, but my lord said that because of the effusion of time, they could not order for the retrial of the case.”
He further noted that they might proceed to the Supreme Court if his client decides. “The next step depends on my clients. They will brief us accordingly and it depends on instructions.”
The APC in its reaction to the Monday Appeal Court ruling noted that the declaration of Makinde as governor by INEC in the March 9 election was in error.
“The verdict given on Monday was unambiguous, apt and sound enough to convince any informed mind about the genuineness of our claim that Makinde’s declaration as the winner of the March 9 poll was done by INEC in error,” Prince Ayobami Adejumo, APC Oyo spokesman, said.
How Governor Makinde reacted to Monday’s Appeal Court judgement
Governor Seyi Makinde in his reaction to the Appeal Court judgement on Monday which nullified his victory at the Oyo Election Tribunal says that his mandate to govern Oyo State remains intact.
The statement by Taiwo Adisa, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, reads below (as obtained by Naija Buzz News;
“There is no ambiguity as to the state of things in our Pacesetter State as far as the election of March 9, 2019 is concerned. Our party, the Peoples Democratic Party, won the election.
“The victory was reaffirmed by a ruling of the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ibadan, the state capital.
“In its ruling, the Appeal Court refused to grant any of the three key reliefs sought by the APC candidate. The court refused to nullify the election; it refused to order a fresh election and it also refused to order the retrial of the petition.”
“With the above being the reality of the outcome of the Appeal Court ruling, the election of Seyi Makinde as the governor of Oyo State has just been reaffirmed.”
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