Ekiti South: Appeal Court invalidates Senator Dayo Adeyeye’s election

* Declares PDP’s Olujimi winner

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has invalidated the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

Adeyeye, until his sack Wednesday was representing the Ekiti South senatorial district in the National Assembly. He was also the Senate’s spokesperson.

It would be recalled that the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti,Ekiti State had nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye as the winner of Ekiti South Senatorial district.

The tribunal in a unanimous verdict had declared former minority leader and the PDP candidate, Senator Biodun Olujimi as winner of the senatorial poll.

Following the declaration of Adeyeye, the candidate of the APC winner by the INEC in the February 23, 2019 senatorial election, Olujimi had approached the tribunal, craving that she should be declared winner.

She prayed the tribunal to annul votes in areas that were found to be marked with irregularities like over voting, multiple thump printing, ballot snatching, ballot stuffing and improper ballot counting should be cancelled to know the winner of the poll.

But the respondents countered the submission, saying what INEC did was right and constitutional, by declaring the candidate of the APC the winner.

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Delivering the judgement, the three -man tribunal, led by Justice D.D. Adeck nullified the elections in some polling units to declare Olujimi the winner of the polls.

The tribunal said Olujimi polled a total of 54,894 to emerge victorious over Adeyeye who polled 52,243.

“We hereby declare the petitioner the winner and she is hereby returned elected.

“We hereby direct the INEC to withdraw the certificate of return from the respondent and issue same to the petitioner”, he said .

By virtue of section 246 (3) of the 1999 Constitution, the Appeal Court has the final say on national assembly election.