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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Ekiti State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday nullified the election of Senate Committee Chairman on Media and Publicity Dayo Adeyeye of the All progressives congress who won the election into Ekiti south senatorial seat.
Subsequently, the Tribunal in a unanimous decision declared Former senate Minority Leader and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Biodun Olujimi winner of the senatorial Poll.
The Chairman of the Tribunal Justice Daniel Adeck held that based on the evidences before the court the Petitioner scored the highest number of lawful votes in the election against the earlier pronouncement of Inec..
Justice Adeck who based the tribunal judgement on the result of the recount of ballot box in three local govt area of the senatorial district said the with the result senator olujimi polled 54,894 while the APC candidate Dayo Adeyeye got 52,243.
The Tribunal ordered INEC to withdrawn the certificate of return issued to senator Adeyeye and present a fresh one to senator olujimi having certified the requirement of the law and returned elected..
Counsel to the Respondent Chief Rafiu Balogun said the court erred in law, with a assurance that his clients would appeal the judgement..
Counsel to the Petitioner, Mr Bunmi olugbade observed that the judgement was further confirmed the popularity of the former senate minority leader in the state.
JUDGEMENT AGAINST ME PURCHASED — ADEYEYE
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, has rejected the tribunal verdict which nullified his election, alleging that it was purchased.
Adeyeye in reaction to the tribunal verdict, however, said he would appeal the judgement.
He said, “The judgement of the tribunal today (Tuesday) is not short of open robbery and a direct assault on the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary.
“The whole world knows that the Senatorial election of February 23rd was the freest and fairest in the history of our state.
“No doubt the judgement was purchased. And upon proper scrutiny the filthy lucre that influenced it will be revealed.
“The judges shamelessly contradicted themselves throughout the judgement.
“They went to great lengths to reach a conclusion that did not follow from the premise with jaundiced and twisted logic.
“I have instructed my lawyers to immediately proceed on appeal. And by the grace of almighty God, we shall have justice.
“Meanwhile I will remain focused on my duty to my constituents and the Nation. We shall prevail