#OsunDecides2022: INEC Reacts to Delay in Issuing Certificate of Return to Senator Adeleke

The Nigeria’s electoral umpire , INEC, has reacted to Davido allegation of its reluctance to issue a certificate of return to Senator Ademola Adeleke, of PDP, the Osun State governor-elect.

Music star, Davido (David Adeleke) made an allegation to the electoral body (INEC) for delaying the issuing of certificate of return to the winner of Osun governorship election, Adeleke on his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The singer, who is the nephew of the governor-elect, asked why INEC had not presented his uncle the certificate 48 hours after the election.

Mr Adeleke, who contested the July 16 election on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 403,371 votes to defeat the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 375,027 votes and 13 other candidates.
  1. Adeleke of PDP = 403, 371
  2. Oyetola of APC = 375,027
Apparently afraid that INEC could subvert the will of the people, Davido wrote: “48hrs after our @AAdeleke_01 victory at the Osun Gubernatorial elections, we are yet to receive our certificate.

Without specifically mentioning the musician’s name, the commission, in its response, urged those questioning its will to do the needful on the Osun poll to get familiar with the Electoral Act.

INEC Responses

INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, explained that the commission has a window of 14 days to present the certificate to the winner and that it has no intention of going against that.

“Those that intervene and play roles in the electoral process should try to have basic knowledge of the constitutive legal instruments that guide and regulate the conduct of elections.

“The Commission is a public trust and a creation of the Constitution and the law and must be seen to respond to public demands for transparency and openness.

“The Commission will continue to uphold the basic tenets of transparency, openness and inclusivity in the conduct of elections and the delivery of electoral services.

“The Commission is not a political party and will not be swayed by partisan political interests. Section 72 of the Electoral Act 2022 provides that a sealed certificate of return at an election in the prescribed form shall be issued within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned by the Returning Officer in an election under the Act,” he said.

Mr Okoye further explained that many of the commission’s staff who participated in the process and the Supervising National Commissioner whose responsibility it is to present the certificate of Return are still in Osun waiting for the arrival of the certificate.

Recall, that INEC presented Biodun Oyebanji, the APC governorship candidate in the June 18 election in Ekiti State, with a certificate of return three days after he was declared winner of the election.

Mr Oyebanji was declared the winner on June 19 and was presented the certificate on June 22 in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.