The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ekiti South.
The appellate court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as the winner of the February 23 poll.
The appellate court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Biodun Olujimi, as the winner of the Ekiti South election held on February 23.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeyeye as the winner, but Olujimi challenged the result at the tribunal on the grounds that she scored the highest number of votes cast.
In her petition, Olujimi asked the tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by massive irregularities.
In her written address, the petitioner claimed that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Acts, having been allegedly fraught with all manners of irregularities.
The tribunal in its judgment nullified elections in some polling units and declared Olujimi the authentic winner of the polls.
Dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, both Adeyeye and his party filed a petition at the court of appeal asking it to set aside the ruling of the lower court.
However, while delivering a unanimous judgement on Wednesday in Kaduna state, Justice Uzor Anyanwu upheld the judgment of the tribunal and ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Senator Olujimi.
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has rejected Wednesday’s judgment by the Court of Appeal sacking the spokesman for the Senate, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.
The party said that the ruling did not reflect the wishes of the people of Ekiti South.
“The judgment, delivered earlier today can best be described as a travesty of Justice and robbing Peter to pay Paul,” the Party declared in a statement.
The APC, through its Director of Media and Publicity, Elder Sam Oluwalana, noted that the short period spent by Senator Adeyeye at the red chamber was indelible and remarkable for the people of Ekiti South and the state in general.
“We commend Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who was highly revered by his colleagues in the Upper Chambers, for the exemplary leadership, which he exhibited within the short period he spent in the Senate. We are proud of his achievements during the period, as he was able to manage information outflow, without any scandal in the House,” the statement read.
The party spokesman, however, appealed to the people to go about their normal businesses rather than taking the laws into their hands over the judgement.
Oluwalana advised the people not to be discouraged by the court judgement, saying that they should continue to support the APC in the state in its quest to turn around the mismanaged economy of the state by immediate past regime.