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Election Tribunal Sacks Senator Adeyeye In Ekiti, Dashes Ajimobi’s Hope In Oyo

……….Declares Olujimi of PDP Winner In Ekiti

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti has nullified the election of the Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

Delivering the judgement on Tuesday, the three-man Tribunal led by Justice Daniel Adeck nullified the victory of Senator Adeyeye as the winner of the Ekiti South senatorial district election which held on February 23, 2019.

It nullified elections in some polling units and declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, as the winner of the poll.

The Tribunal also anchored its verdict on the recount of the ballots by the contending forces as granted by the court.

Senator Adeyeye, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting to the ruling, counsel to the Senate spokesperson, Rafiu Balogun, faulted the judgement.

Balogun, however, said they would challenge the judgement of the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, in Oyo State the tribunal upheld the victory of Senator Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Oyo South Senatorial District in the February 23 National Assembly election.

The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, had challenged the declaration of Balogun by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the election.

Balogun had polled 105,720 votes to defeat Ajimobi who garnered 92,218 votes.

The three-man panel of the tribunal chaired by Justice Anthony Akpovi, with Justice Sambo Daka and Justice Chinyere Ani as members, unanimously upheld Balogun’s victory.

The lead judgment, read by Akpovi, said that most of the witnesses called by the petitioner to tender the results of polling units were ward collation agents and not the proper persons to tender the results.

The tribunal chairman said that the testimonies of the ward collation agents could not be accorded any probative value because they were not the makers of the documents tendered.

He said that the petitioner also based his testimonies on the card reader result without calling the maker to testify, while no witness was also called in regarding voters’ accreditation register.

Akpovi said that the malfunctioning of the card reader could not invalidate the voter’s register.

He said that most of the witnesses called by the petitioner were not relevant and that their testimonies were mere hearsay.

Akpovi said that the petitioner failed to prove all the allegations in the petition beyond reasonable doubt.

The tribunal chairman, therefore, nullified Ajimobi’s petition and upheld the election of Balogun, having scored the majority of lawful votes, and declared him the winner.

 

 

 

 

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