- Popular Nigerian lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has hinted that Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state may lose again at the appeal court
- The Osun state governorship election tribunal sacked Adeleke for overvoting and declared Gboyega Oyetola the winner
- Though Adeleke has vowed to appeal the ruling, Falana said it would be difficult for the governor’s lawyers to overturn the verdict
Femi Falana (SAN), a senior lawyer and human rights activist, has said it will be a daunting task for the lawyers of the Osun state governor, Ademola Adeleke, to get the verdict of the state governorship election tribunal overturned.
Recall that the tribunal sacked Adeleke for overvoting and declared the former governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, as the winner of the July 16, 2022, gubernatorial election.
Voters in Osun state should sue INEC, says Falana
Speaking during an interview with Arise TV on Sunday, January 29, Falana said voters in Osun state should sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for damages over the wastage of votes.
“What the voters in those areas have to do is to sue INEC for damages that you have wasted my votes.
“Looking at the judgement, I believe very strongly that it is going to be a daunting task to impeach the judgement. INEC has to be held completely responsible for what happened,” the senior lawyer said.
What INEC should do after tribunal judgement – Falana
Speaking further, Falana said the tribunal verdict indicates that INEC needs to go back to the drawing table so that sucn an experience will not recur.
“INEC will have to put its house in order, If we have this in a presidential election, where you issue one or two reports, it will have a crisis of monumental proportion,” Falana warned.
Oyetola vs Adeleke: Former INEC director speaks on controversies over BVAS on Osun governorship election
Meanwhile, a former INEC director, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, has commented on the ruling of the Osun state governorship election petition tribunal and the discrepancy that followed the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
Osaze-Uzzi, a former director of the Voter Education and Publicity of INEC, said the discrepancy should not have come up in the 2022 governorship election in Osun state.
According to him, a certified copy of the initial server report was obtained by the APC before the transmission of the initial data report by the BVAS hardware.
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