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Ekiti sacked Senator petitions Appeal Court President, seeks reversal of judgment

Ekiti Sacked Senator, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on Sunday, January 26, has petitioned the President of the Court of Appeal for a review of its judgment of November 6, 2019 in which it declared Senator Biodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as Senator of Ekiti South.

Dayo Adeyeye, a former spokesman for the Ninth Senate, has said the Appeal Court alleging miscarriage in the judgment that voided his election as the senator representing Ekiti South senatorial district.

Recall that the appellate court had, on November 6, 2019, affirmed the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal that voided his election on September 10, 2019 and declared his opponent, Senator Biodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the poll.

Adeyeye, who contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as having scored the highest number of votes in the election held on February 23, 2019.

Adeyeye had challenged the ruling of the Tribunal at the Court of Appeal, which also ruled against him. But in a petition, a copy of which was independently sourced by our correspondent, raised a number of alleged gaps in the judgement of the appellate court.

Dated November 25, 2019 and personally signed by him, Adeyeye averred that the panel of justices of the Appeal Court unjustly removed him from the Senate without going through the body of evidence filed by his counsel.

The petition stated, “Having read the judgement of the Court of Appeal, it is self-evident that the justices of the Court of Appeal who purportedly heard and determined my appeal failed, refused and neglected to abide by the rule of law as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Evidence Act and binding authorities of the Supreme Court.

“That is, if by rule of law we mean impartiality of the court, equality before the law and enforcement of fundamental rights, then my case therefore lends itself as a textbook case for miscarriage of justice.

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Victor Akande, a blogger by profession for the past 7 years. He studied Mathematics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Contact: +2348053316946 Twitter: @Newsflash2471

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