The National and State Houses of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ogun State on Friday annulled the election of Buruji Kashamu, the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District.
Mr. Kashamu represented Ogun East at the Senate on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party but his victory was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dapo Abiodun
On Friday, a three-person panel led by Justice Tobi Ebiowei, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct fresh elections in 110 polling units of Mr. Kashamu’s Ogun East Senatorial District within the next 90 days.
The tribunal also ordered the electoral body to take into cognisance the 146,533 valid votes cast during the March 28, 2015 National Assembly polls in the Ogun East senatorial district.
Handing down the judgment, the tribunal chairman said, “We do not feel comfortable to nullify elections in Ogun East when 146,533 votes are valid because of 37,008 unlawful votes”.
Similarly, the tribunal also nullified the elections of a member of the House of Representatives, Adekoya Adesegun, representing Ijebu North/Ogun Waterside/Ijebu East Federal.
The tribunal ordered INEC to conduct fresh election in 222 polling units of the constituency within the next 90 days.
On the House of Assembly elections in the state, the tribunal ordered the conduct of fresh polls in Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu East, Ipokia and Ijebu North state constituencies.
The tribunal also ordered reruns in 14 polling units in Wards 6 and 7 in Ijebu Ode State constituency where a former deputy speaker of the state Assembly, Tola Banjo, had challenged the return of Wale Alausa of Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the election.
The tribunal in its judgement on the Ijebu East House of Assembly election won by Adejunwon Oyenuga of Peoples Democratic Party, ordered the conduct of fresh elections in 7 units where allegations of irregularities were proved.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Badejo, had petitioned the tribunal praying the tribunal to nullify the election of Mr. Oyenuga.
According to the tribunal, having analysed the petition, it observed irregularities and manipulation in some areas, and therefore nullified the results in the affected units and ordered a rerun in those polling units.
In the same vein, the judge while delivering verdict on the state assembly election in Ipokia state constituency, cancelled elections in 38 units, and ordered fresh election to be conducted in the areas affected.
The candidate of All Progressives Congress, Sewanu Towakennu-Olatunde who was the petitioner, had challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Adebowale Vinwanu Ojo of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the poll.
The tribunal stated that the irregularities observed in 38 polling units were enough to discredit the results of the entire election and, therefore, ordered a fresh election in the affected areas within 90 days.
Regarding the petition filed over the election in the Ijebu North 1 State Constituency, the decision of the tribunal was split with the majority verdict annulling part of the election.
The tribunal ordered a rerun in 67 polling units where irregularities were proved to have occurred during the polls.
The petitioner, Adebayo Adebola of the APC had dragged Oluyinka Bowale of the PDP, who was declared winner of the election by INEC, before the tribunal.
A member of the three-man panel of judges, however, disagreed with the majority judgment, affirming, “I find no merit in the petition and hereby uphold the result of the respondent.”
The petition brought by the APC candidate from Ijebu North East, Abayomi Fasua against the victory of Olujimi Otukoya of the PDP, was, however, dismissed and the result of the poll upheld.
”It is our view that for any petition to succeed for noncompliance, it must not be on the document but the lead.
“The law is settled on this case and we are of the view that there is no link between the document and the evidence of the witnesses.
“The petition is hereby dismissed and the return