Ekiti South: Tribunal Kicks Out Adeyeye, Declares Olujimi Winner


The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sacked Senator Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who represents Ekiti South senatorial district in the National Assembly.

The Tribunal led by Justice D.D Adeck in a unanimous judgement on Tuesday declared a former Senate Minority Leader, Mrs. Biodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the authentic winner of the February 23 Ekiti south senatorial election.

“It is not tenable to say that a marked ballots were not properly deposited in the boxes because when this did not happen, then it will lead to over voting and will affect counting at every level of collation.

“To avoid this pitfall, those elections must be expunged in order not to vitiate the electoral process. Therefore, after those votes were deducted, PDP was left with 54, 894 while the respondent polled 52, 243.

“The petitioner having polled the highest number of lawful votes should be declared the winner of the election.

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

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

Olujimi has gone to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the election that produced Adeyeye as the winner which she alleged was fraught with irregularities asking the court to declare her the rightful winner or order a rerun in the alternative.

The tribunal nullified some results in some polling units to declare her the winner.

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