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Senator Olujimi, former minority leader of the Senate, is back in the National Assembly /Photo: Screenshot/ChannelsTV

Appeal Court sacks APC senator from Ekiti, declares PDP winner

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the election of the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye.
 
The Appellate Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Biodun Olujimi, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, as winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23.
 
The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressive Congress as winner of the election, but Mrs Olujimi challenged the result at the tribunal on the grounds that she scored the highest number of votes cast.
 
In her petition, Olujimi, who was a member of the Senate from 2015-2019, asked the tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by massive irregularities.
 
Senator Dayo Adeyeye /Photo: TNN
 
 
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 Mrs Olujimi the authentic winner of the polls.
 
Dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, both Adeyeye and his party, APC, 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, Justice Uzor Anyanwu upheld the judgment of the tribunal and ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Senator Biodun Olujimi.
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