Finally on Tuesday, Nigerian Supreme Court sitting in Abuja confirmed Ademola Adeleke, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the duly elected Governor of Osun State.
Justice Emmanuel Agim in delivering the judgment in favour of Adeleke said, “It is glaring that the Appellant (Adegboyega Oyetola) did not provide in evidence, any BVAS, but sought to prove over-voting by means of a report of examination of INEC’s database or backend server”.
The apex court held that since it was not in dispute that the BVAS contain a record of accredited voters, “it is, therefore, the only direct and primary record of voters accredited at polling units on Election Day”.
The chronology of the disputes started when “the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared that Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 403,371 votes, to defeat then-incumbent governor Adegboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress, who got 375,027 votes. But Oyetola and the APC rejected the result of the poll and headed for the tribunal.”