The inscriptions on the banners are: “We say no to APC in Osun, the Court Panel is not fair, do not distort the mandates of our people, the Local Government of Olorunda says no to the court’s judgment, among other inscriptions.
In addition, most of the roads leading to the popular Olaiya junction and the old garage were blocked by the protesters, showing their grievances which led to a huge traffic jam.
Speaking to some of the protesters at the Olaiya junction, they said their mandate was taken away in a repeat of what happened in the 2018 election.
Mr. Taiwo Akinyelesaid he was not happy with the Court’s ruling even though the evidence before the court was clear that Governor Adeleke won the election.
Akinyele denounced the attitude of the president of the Court, Justice Tertsea Kumewho handed down a different judgment despite all the evidence against the petitioners.
He expressed optimism that his party (PDP) would regain his mandate at the Akure Court of Appeal in due course.
“It is only a matter of time. We have been deceived and deprived of our mandate. The Osun people are tired of APC for all their harsh policies. I know God will intervene,”‘ he said.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) recalled that the Osun Police Command has warned against any unscrupulous elements seeking to break law and order, adding that the command would ensure the peace of the state.
Some police personnel and other sister agencies patrolled the main highways to ensure that no political party took the law into their own hands. .
NAN recalled that Mr. Gboyega Oyetola of APC and immediate former Governor of the state, had challenged the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Mr. Ademola Adeleke of the PDP as the winner of the elections.
On August 5, 2022, Oyetola and APC filed a petition with the Osogbo Court to challenge the election results of 749 voting units in 10 local government areas, alleging electoral malpractice, especially overvoting.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Mr. Adeleke the winner of the gubernatorial election, having obtained 403,271 votes against 375,027 obtained by Mr. Oyetola.
In the judgment issued by the president of the Court, Judge Kume, on Friday, confirmed that the gubernatorial election of July 16, 2022 did not comply with the Electoral Law and pointed out that there was indeed an excess of votes in six areas of local government in Osun.
The president of the court declared Mr. Oyetola the winner of the gubernatorial election on July 16, 2022.