Today, the Supreme Court questioned Counsel to the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola over his silence on importance of physical BVAS machine to the election over and above server report, in line with the electoral act as amended.
The Court has reserved judgement till tomorrow, May 8, 2023.
Apparently unsettled by the question, Oyetola’s Counsel could not proffer any reasonable response to the query which is cardinal for the determination of the appeal.
The proceedings, which lasted less than one hour, saw the apex Court streamlining all the five appeals into one, basis on which judgement will be delivered.
Counsel to Adeleke, the PDP as well as INEC, while adopting their separate briefs already with the Court, urged the lord Justices of the apex Court to discountenance attempts by the APC and Oyetola to hijack the popular mandate of the people of Osun State in an election they did not win, describing Oyetola and APC’s appeals as tantamount to an unserious hunter looking for the legs of a snake.
The learned counsel wondered why the APC are hell bent in re-writing the law by trying to shift burden of proof of their own allegations on the respondents.
According to them, the new electoral act does not envisage a situation where respondents, particularly in election matters would assume position of discharging burden of proof.
Such a situation, according to the counsel, sounds unreasonable by a desperate thief caught pants down in the very act. Adeleke’s counsel therefore entreated the Court to throw away the appeals, saying Oyetola and APC only want to eat a pie in the skye.