Two Supreme Court justices who disagreed with Friday’s majority ruling upholding the election of Gboyega Oyetola as Osun State governor, have accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of rigging the polls.
One of the dissenting judges, Kumai Akaas, accused INEC of rigging the polls during the rerun.
The second judge, Paul Galinje, said INEC had no cogent reason to have conducted a rerun in the first place.
He said “the decision of the commission to have pronounced that election inconclusive meant that INEC had something up it sleeves.”
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In disagreeing, however, Justices Akaas and Galinje said although the absence of Mr Obiora should result in the nullification of the judgement of the election tribunal, “the only way to affirm that was by producing the original court records.”
They said the “the actual record of the tribunal was not before the court of appeal.”
“The onus is on the APC to have proven that Obiora did not sit on February, 6. They should have sworn an affidavit,” the judges said.
They also held that it has been the precedence of the Supreme Court that judges do not have to sign the certified true copies of the judgement.