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WITH just two days to the Osun State governorship election scheduled to hold on July 16, new hurdle mounts for Gov. Oyetola as Justice Inyang Ekwo has fixed today for date of judgement in the suit praying the court to nullify his candidacy on the grounds that the incumbent governor contested in the poll as a member of the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
Justice Ekwo gave the date after the counsel for the parties had adopted their processes and presented their arguments in the case.
One of the aspirants who contested the APC ticket, Moshood Adeoti, went to court after the party’s primary held on February 19, 2022, and challenged the emergence of Oyetola as the candidate.
It will be recalled that Oyetola, who first won as the governor of the state in 2018, is seeking to extend his tenure in office for another four years while 15 political parties would be participating in the Saturday governorship election to be conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a related development, candidates of all political parties have signed a Peace Accord which was networked by the National Peace Committee, yesterday.
Speaking during the ceremony, Convener of National Peace Committee, Bishop Hassan Kukah said the Peace Accord was fostered to prevent violence before, during and after the exercise.
Explaining violence as a fundamental threat to Nigeria’s democracy, Bishop Kukah said that no election is worth anyone’s blood or head, because elections should not be reduced to a do-or-die affair.
Also speaking, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu appealed to all political parties, candidates and other actors to play their part in supporting the Peace Accord. It is not enough to simply sign the Peace Accord.
Similarly, DIG Johnson Babatunde, who represented Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba also appealed to political actors to play by the rule of the game.
Meanwhile, Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has assured victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 16 Osun State governorship election.
Governor Oyetola, who said this during an engagement meeting with Osun Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), on Sunday, in Osogbo, predicted that from all indications, APC would record a landslide victory in the poll, adding that the APC victory would enable him build on achievements he had so far recorded since assuming leadership of the state.
Oyetola, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, appealed to the electorate not to be deceived by desperate politicians.
He noted that he has been serving the state diligently since the beginning of his administration, adding that those who lacked administrative capacity must not be allowed to truncate the development the state is currently witnessing.