Senator Dayo Adeyeye

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ekiti South.

The appellate court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Senator Biodun Olujimi, as the winner of the February 23 poll.

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The appellate court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Biodun Olujimi, as the winner of the Ekiti South election held on February 23.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Adeyeye as the winner, but Olujimi challenged the result at the tribunal on the grounds that she scored the highest number of votes cast.

In her petition, Olujimi asked the tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s victory on the grounds that the election was marred by massive irregularities.

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.

The tribunal in its judgment nullified elections in some polling units and declared Olujimi the authentic winner of the polls.

Dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, both Adeyeye and his party filed a petition at the court of appeal asking it to set aside the ruling of the lower court.

However, while delivering a unanimous judgement on Wednesday in Kaduna state, Justice Uzor Anyanwu upheld the judgment of the tribunal and ordered INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Senator Olujimi.