The All Progressive Congress in Ekiti State suffered a setback on Tuesday as the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye. court Adeyeye, who is currently serving as Chairman, Senate Committee on Media, was declared winner of the National Assembly election in Ekiti South Senatorial District by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the February 23 poll.
The tribunal in a unanimous judgment declared former Minority leader and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Biodun Olujimi winner of the Senatorial poll. Following the declaration of Adeyeye, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) winner by INEC, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Senator Olujimi , had approached the tribunal craving that she should be declared the actual winner of the election . She submitted that she scored the highest number of lawful votes cast during the keenly contested poll. Buhari nominates 27 RECs for confirmation(Opens in a new browser tab) In the alternative, Olujimi prayed the tribunal to outrightly nullify Adeyeye’s victory and order supplementary election accordingly in the district. 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. She prayed the Tribunal to annul votes in areas that were found to be incredibly marked with irregularities like over voting, multiple thump printing, ballot snatching, ballot stuffing and improper ballot counting should be cancelled to know the actual winner of the poll. The petitioner also accused the INEC of dereliction of duties, saying most of the documents used for the conduct of the election were not duely signed by agents.
But the respondents countered the submission, saying INEC did what was right and constitutional, by declaring the candidate of the APC the winner having found to have got the highest number of lawful votes. Delivering the judgement, the three -man tribunal, led by Justice D.D. Adeck nullified elections in some polling units to declare Olujimi the authentic winner of the polls.