The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna has nullified the election of spokesperson of the Senate, Senator Dayo Adeyeye.
The court upheld the tribunal judgment declaring People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Abiodun Olujimi winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23.
While delivering a unanimous judgment on Wednesday in Kaduna state, Justice Uzor Anyanwu upheld the judgment of the tribunal and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue fresh certificate of return to Senator Olujimi.
INEC had declared Adeyeye as winner of the February 23 , 2019 National Assembly election, 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 nullified elections in some polling units and declared the candidate of the Olujimi as the winner of the poll.
The tribunal also anchored its verdict on the recount of the ballots by the contending forces as granted by the court.
Adeyeye, who is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, contested the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, both Adeyeye and his party, APC filed a petition at the Court of Appeal asking it to set aside the ruling of the lower court.