Indication emerged yesterday that Osun State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal will deliver judgement on Friday.
This was contained in a letter signed by the tribunal secretary, David Umar and pasted on the board at the tribunal sitting at the State High Court, Osogbo.
The parties involved in the suit confirmed that the tribunal had communicated the date to them yesterday even as the notice has heightened anxiety among stakeholders.
The 180 days as stipulated in the Electoral Act within which to hear the petitions is expected to lapse on January 31, 2023.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola had filed a petition at the tribunal challenging the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Ademola Adeleke, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the election which was conducted on July 16, 2022.
Adeleke secured 403,371 votes to defeat Oyetola, who polled 375,027.
Oyetola, the immediate past governor of the state is hinging his case on alleged election rigging through over voting, infractions in some polling units, the authenticity of the WAEC certificate presented by Adeleke among other grounds.
The three-man election petitions tribunal headed by Justice Tersea Kume had on Friday, January 13, 2023, adjourned indefinitely for judgement after parties in the petition adopted their final written addresses.