Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna, Kaduna State on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 declared Senator Biodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP senatorial candidate as the winner of the February 23 senatorial poll, Newsflash247 reports
Newsflash247 reports that the embattled senator, Prince Dayo Adeyeye who was the candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the February 23 senatorial poll had filed an appeal before the court following September 10 judgement of the election petition tribunal, which sacked him from the office.
Adeyeye filed 19 ground appeals against the September 10, 2019 judgment of an election petitions tribunal which declared former minority leader , Biodun Olujimi as the Ekiti South senatorial winner.
The 19-ground appeals were filed by Adeyeye to challenge the verdict of the Ekiti State National Assembly Election Tribunal delivered on September 10.
The three-member panel of the Tribunal led by Justice Danladi Adeck, in a judgment delivered on 10th September, 2019, ordered INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return given to Adeyeye and issue a fresh one to Olujimi.
The panel upheld Olujimi’s averments that there was no proper accreditation, there was no proper account of ballots and that the number of votes or ballots recorded is more or less than the number of accredited voters, among others.
After the Tribunal deducted votes from what the two parties scored at the election, PDP was left with 54,894 and APC was credited with 52,243.
Adeyeye prayed the appellate court “to allow the appeal and set aside the declaration and return of Olujimi.”
The Senate spokesman urged the Court of Appeal to affirm his declaration and return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the senatorial poll held in the district on February 23.
While Adeyeye ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Olujimi, the immediate past Senate Minority Leader sought re-election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).