Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has said he would appeal the ruling of the election petitions tribunal which unseated him as governor and declared Gboyega Oyetola winner of the election held last July.
The tribunal, in its ruling on Friday, annulled Adeleke’s victory on the basis of over-voting.
Justice Tetsea Kume, while delivering a majority decision, declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission did not comply substantially with the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act.
Reacting to the verdict of the tribunal from his country home in Ede, Adeleke described the judgement of the governorship election petitions tribunal as “a miscarriage of justice”, adding that it is “an unfair interpretation against the will of majority of voters”.
While urging his supporters to remain calm, Adeleke vowed to appeal the judgement at the Court of Appeal, insisting he remained the rightful winner of the July 16 election.
“I call on our people to remain calm. We will appeal the judgement and we are sure justice will be done. Let our people be reassured that we will do everything possible to retain this widely acclaimed mandate,” the governor said in a statement signed by his spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, on Friday.