The Chairman, Information and Voter Education committee for INEC, Barr. Festus Okoye has reacted to claims on social media that it has issued a certificate of return to Sen Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state.
He said constitutionally, the Commission can only issue a certificate of return to Adeleke only if the governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola does not appeal the judgement within 21days.
While explaining why the commission can’t issue a certificate of return to Adeleke, Okoye said “Section 143(1) of the Electoral Act gives a candidate whose election is set aside a period of 21days from the date of the decision to appeal against such a decision,”
It will be recalled that the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja had last week Friday, declared Adeleke winner of the September 27, 2018 gubernatorial election, after it nullified the election of Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Court had ordered INEC to issue a certificate of return to Adeleke as the lawful and validly elected governor of Osun State.