The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday, affirmed Senator SHUAIB AFOLABI SALISU as the winner of the Ogun Central Senatorial Election in the state.
The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party. Olumide Aderinokun of the PDP, and the PDP itself had challenged the election of the APC Senator on two grounds.
The grounds were on the issue of over voting, non-compliance and allegation that the Senator had not been elected by a majority of lawful votes cast at the election.
The three-man panel led by Hon. Justice Samuel Aleben Ayiwulu in their unanimous judgment stated that all the arguments presented by the petitioners had failed and they thus dismissed the petition.
Hon. Justice Imelda Bassey Etape who read the lead judgment held:”The elections and return of the first respondent is hereby affirmed. This petition is hereby dismissed”.
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Justice Hon. Justice Imelda Basset Etape stated that the petitioners failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there was over voting with their failure to tender the Voters Register.
He added that the petitioners also failed to prove that the first respondent was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes in the February 25 polls.
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