The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure on Monday confirmed the decision of the Ondo State Elections Petitions Tribunal which upheld the election of Mike Omogbehin as a member representing Okitipupa/Irele constituency at the House of Representatives.
The Justice Muheed Owoaade-led court dismissed the appeal filed by Victor Akinmoyero of the All Progressives Congress for failure to tender credible documentary evidence against the respondent.
Mr. Owoaade held that the appellant, Mr. Akinmoyero, only ”tendered hear-say evidence” and also failed to call enough witnesses to prove his allegations of over voting and other electoral irregularities in March 28 election.
The three-man appellate court said the PDP lawmaker, Mr. Omogbehin, was duly elected and a fine of N30, 000 was awarded against the appellant.
While reacting to the judgment, counsel to the APC candidate, Tunji Abayomi, said it was sad that the court reached such conclusions.
But his counterpart of the PDP, Remi Olatubora, described the court’s decision as a true reflection of the will of the people and the rule of law.
Mr. Omogbehin on his part said the victory would enable him to concentrate on his mandate at the house and deliver quality representation to his people.
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