ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Ekiti State Assembly and National Assembly Tribunal sitting has sacked Senator Dayo Adeyeye of All Progressive Congress (APC) declaring Senator Biodun Olujinmi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asvalidly elected.
Olujimi and the PDP, represented by Prof. Wahab Egbewole (SAN), are, in the petition, praying the tribunal to declare the PDP candidate winner of the 2019 Ekiti South senatorial election held on February 23, 2019, “having scored the highest number of lawful votes in the election.”
Among others, Olujimi and the PDP want the court to declare the election and the return of Adeyeye as the winner of the election as invalid “by reasons of substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the Regulation and Guidelines for the conduct of elections and the Manual for Election Officials 2019.”
However, Adeyeye in a statement personally signed, vowed to appeal the decision of the Tribunal and described the ruling as open day robbery and direct assault on the integrity of Judiciary.
He said,”The judgement of the tribunal today is not short of open robbery and a direct assault on the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary. The whole world know 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.
“To the teeming masses of Ekiti south whose vote the tribunal is trying to steal for Olujimi, they should be rest assured that the judgement will not stand. 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.”
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