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Tribunal Upholds Aregbesola's Victory In Osun Governorship Election

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An election tribunal in Osun State on Friday upheld the victory of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the August 2014 governorship election.

The All Progressives Congress' candidate, Mr Aregbesola, was declared winner of the August 9 governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, defeating the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 18 other candidates.

Aregbesola polled 392, 284 votes while the PDP's Iyiola Omisore got 292, 742 votes, but the results were contested by Omisore and the Peoples Democratic Party.

The tribunal established Mr Aregbesola's victory in the judgement delivered at Osogbo, the capital of the state.

The chairman of the tribunal panel, Justice Elizabeth Ikpejime, ruled that there was no malpractices proven in all the 17 local governments where the elections were conducted.

Justice Ikpejime said the petitioner, the PDP, could not establish and prove in its oral and physical evidences that the election was ridden with irregularities, as it claimed.

The tribunal, after several hours of reading it's judgement, declared Mr Aregbesola and the APC the true winner at the polls.

The PDP has not made any comment about the judgement.