By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Relief came the way of the senator representing Ekiti South senatorial district, Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi and her counterpart in Ekiti Central, Mrs. Fatimat Rasaki, yesterday, as the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti confirmed their election.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti South senatorial district, Chief Anthony Adeniyi, had challenged the election of Mrs. Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the March 28 poll.
Adeniyi wanted Mrs. Olujimi’s election nullified on grounds that she was not qualified to run, claiming that she was a member of the National CommunicationsCommission, NCC, board at the time she contested.
Adeniyi also claimed that the senator did not resign her appointment within the time allowed by law.
The APC candidate in Ekiti Central, Gbenga Olofin, alleged that the election conducted in the senatorial district was marred by violence and corrupt practices, and that Mrs. Rasaki was not validly elected by lawful votes cast at the poll.
The PDC and its candidate, Lawal Olutunde, who also filed petition against the election of the PDP candidate, Mrs. Rasaki, are claiming that they were wrongfully excluded from participating in the senatorial poll.
Delivering judgment in the appeal filed by Adeniyi, panel chairman, Justice Sidi Bage, held that Mrs. Olujimi was eligible to contest having resigned her appointment as a board member of NCC within the 30 days allowed by the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended.
According to the panel chairman, the stamp and date on the resignation letter of the PDP candidate showed that it was dated February 26, 2015 while the election was held on March 28, 2015.