The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has reacted to the judgment of the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal which declared Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC as the winner of the July 16 governorship election.
The Tribunal, headed by Justice Tertsea Kume, last Friday, ruled that the election was characterized by over-voting and annulled the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which gave victory in the election to Mr Ademola Adeleke of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In a release issued by CACOL and signed by the organization’s Director of Administration and Programmes, Tola Oresanwo on behalf of its Chairman, Debo Adeniran, it stated, “We commend members of the Tribunal for being professional, upright and just despite the enormous pressure they were under. The said ruling of the Tribunal would help deepen Nigeria’s electoral system and democracy.”
CACOL, however, urged those who are not satisfied with the judgment not to resort to violence but to remain calm and allow the law to run its full course.
The CACOL head posited that “As an Anti-Corruption group, we are calling on INEC to take lessons from the petition of the APC and the outcome of the Tribunal, especially as it prepares for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections. It is important for the electoral body to note the irregularities pointed out in the judgment of the Tribunal and ensure that such anomalies do not recur in the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the Governorship and State Assemblies elections on March 11, 2023.”