Recall that Gboyega Oyetola, the State governor was sacked following the verdict of the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja last week Friday and declared Adeleke winner of the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Justice Peter Obiora who delivered the majority judgment of the election tribunal ordered INEC to immediately issue a fresh certificate of return to Sen Ademola Adeleke as the lawful and valid elected governor of the State, after declaring the September 27, 2018 re-run election as illegal.
Although, rumours went round the social media with pictures suggesting INEC issued a certificate of return to Ademola Adeleke.
Reacting to this, INEC National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye debunked the rumours.
“The commission has not issued any new certificate in relation to Osun State.
“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,” Okoye said while explaining why the commission can’t issue a certificate of return to Adeleke.
“The person is entitled to remain in office pending the determination of the appeal. The commission will only issue the certificate if appeal is not lodged within 21 days. The commission has not issued any new certificate in relation to Osun State,” Okoye told Leadership newspaper.