👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna has ruled that Abiodun Olujimi, a former minority leader and deputy Governor of Ekiti State, is the rightful winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
The ruling was made following a case brought by Senator Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who was sacked by the national assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti in September of this year.
Appeal court judges, led by Justice Uzor Anyanwu, nullified the victory of Mr Adeyeye, who is currently the spokesperson for the senate.
The judgement upheld the ruling of the petition tribunal judges, who in turn agreed with Senator Olujimi that there were irregularities in the election which led to over voting elections.
DENISAURUS News understands that Senator Olujimi, leader of the opposition in the south west, who polled 54,894 votes against Mr Adeyeye’s 52,243 welcomes the ruling.
The lawmaker, who once asked the National Assembly to probe an empowerment programme introduced by the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government, is to be presented with a certificate of return.
The judge asked that the certificate of return issued to Mr Adeyeye should be withdrawn.
“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,” Justice Anyanwu said.