The Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja on Friday dismissed the separate objections filed by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission against the petition challenging their victory at the September 2018 election, The Nation reports.
The Peoples Democratic Party and its governorship candidate in the election filed the petition urging the tribunal to declare that he polled the highest lawful votes and should be declared the winner.
But Oyetola, APC and INEC filed their notices of preliminary objection contending the court’s jurisdiction and petition’s competence.
Delivering the lead ruling of the three-man tribunal, Justice Peter Obi, dismissed objections as misconceived before striking them out.
The tribunal added that the tribunal had jurisdiction to hear the petition.
There are two other reserved rulings the tribunal is to deliver before delving into the merit of the petition.