It’s improper to drag the Judiciary in the mud over INEC’s filing of appeal process – Osun APC cautions Adeleke, PDP chairman


The Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has carpeted the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its commendation of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for initiating processes to appeal the judgement of the state governorship election petition tribunal which sacked the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, from the office on January 27, 2023.

In the majority judgement read by the chairman of the governorship election petition tribunal, Justice Tertsea Kumeh, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was expressly ordered to withdraw the certificate of return from Adeleke and be given to the winner of the governorship election, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola.

It was observed that since the outcome of the election verdict that displaced Adeleke, the leadership of the PDP in the state led by its loquacious Permanent Caretaker Committee chairman together with some spent forces in the party, have found Justice Tertsea as an article of abuse, calling him unprintable names.

According to the Osun APC Acting Chairman, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo today, there is no point for the state PDP to  cast aspersion on the institution of the judiciary as handlers of the PDP at all levels have struggled to do since the tribunal affirmed that their party rigged the July 16 election.

Lawal stated that it defied rational thinking that the judiciary which the rudderless PDP devote their time to lampoon each moment, over the tribunal judgement, is the same temple to which they are running helter skelter to for appellate reliefs.

The state APC chairman remarked that the unjustifiable attack of the PDP on the Chairman of the Osun governorship election petition tribunal only succeeded in portraying the party and Adeleke as bad losers, lacking genuine democratic quality.

He hinted, ” the sit-tight Osun PDP caretaker committee chairman’s resorting to branding Justice Kume as ‘a coupist’ who delivered ‘a Buga judgement’ and whose conduct manifested ‘bias and personal animosity against the person of Governor Adeleke’ is a testament of lack of decorum, exposure, civility and respect for rules of law of the frustrated savage from Ondo State.”

On the alleged move of the electoral umpire to appeal the tribunal judgement, Lawal said: “There’s nothing spectacular in the INEC engaging in the process of appealing any judgement as it’s still within its fundamental right of seeking justice.

“Rolling out of the drums over the national umpire’s willingness to appeal any case against it is an overkill and a superfluity which does not, in any way, confer remediation on Adeleke’s status and his governorship hopelessness,” Lawal explained.