The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the inclusion of Justice J.O.K Oyewole, described as a ‘stooge’ to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, as member of the Osun State Governorship Election Appeal Panel.
The party has also written a letter to the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, objecting Oyewole’s inclusion in the panel.
The spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan made this known in Abuja on Tuesday while briefing newsmen.
He contended that, having served as High Court Judge in Lagos State under Tinubu’s administration as governor, Oyewole was already biased against the PDP.
The party, therefore, passed a vote of no confidence on Oyewole.
Ologbondiyan said, “Our legal team has written to the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa wherein the party objected to his inclusion as member of the panel.
“The panel member (Oyewole) is already bias against the PDP and, governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke.
“Oyewole is an indigene of Osun state and had served as High Court Judge in Lagos State under Tinubu’s administration as governor.
“Tinubu is Oyewole’s political godfather and would always be predisposed to serve his interest.
“When the seat of the Chief Judge of Osun State became vacant, some years back, upon the retirement of Hon. Justice G.O.Ojo, senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu insisted on his anointed candidate, Hon. J.O.K. Oyewole on the judiciary of Osun State at all cost.
“The PDP, therefore, has passed a no confidence vote on Oyewole as member of the Appeal Panel”.
The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal will on Wednesday begin hearing in the appeal filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola after the governorship election petition tribunal nullified his victory in the September 2018 governorship election in the state.
The Tribunal also ruled that the certificate of return issued to Oyetola by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) be withdrawn and given to the candidate of the PDP, Ademola Adeleke.
Oyetola has since filed an application to appeal the ruling.