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Ogun Speaker wins at Tribunal

By DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA-It was a victory for the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi and four other Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Thursday, as National and state Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Abeokuta, upheld their elections and dismissed the petitions against them.

Others whose elections were upheld are Yinka Mafe, Solarin Samuel, Salmon Adeleke and Onademuren Samson.

Adekunbi who represents Egbado North state constituency, in the Assembly, was dragged to court by the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate; Wasiu Sanni challenging his victory at the April 26, election.

Delivering the judgement, the Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Elisabeth Kafaratu-Asebe, described the petition as frivolous and lacking in merit.

She said the petitioners failed to substantiate their allegations of election malpractice which compelled the tribunal to dismissed the petition.

The Tribunal also dismissed the petitions brought by the PDP and its candidate ,Alaba Lawal against Yinka Mafe of the Action Congress of Nigeria (A CN), who represents Sagamu constituency 1 in the state House of Assembly.

Awolesi Saidat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got her petition against Solarin Olusegun Samuel of A C N, representing Sagamu state constituency 11, in the state House of Assembly dismissed, just like Olusegun Adebisi of the PDP could not upturn the election of Salmon Adeleke , A C N , representing Imeko-Afon state constituency, in the Assembly.

The tribunal did not spare the petition of Adesanya Samuel, PDP, against Onademuren Samson, A C N, who represents Ijebu North East state constituency, as his petition was dismissed.

All the petitions, according to the tribunal felt below the standard and were not proofed beyond reasonable doubt thus; they were dismissed.

Reacting to the victory, the Speaker of the Assembly, described it as a victory for democracy, saying, the election that brought him to the House was free and fair.

Adekunbi who told addressed newsmen shortly after the judgement, urged the petitioner and members of the opposition top team up with him for the development of the state.


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