Tribunal affirms Adeola’s election in Ogun West
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Magistrate Court in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday, affirmed the victory of Senator Solomon Adeola, fondly called Yayi, as the duly elected lawmaker for Ogun West Senatorial District in the last February 25 National Assembly election.
Delivering its judgement in the Senatorial election Petition marked EPT/OG/Sen/2023 and filed by the People’s Democratic Party senatorial candidate, Dada Adeleke, Justice Kabir Gabo–led three-man panel dismissed Adeleke’s petition for “lacking in merit.”
The panel affirmed Senator Adeola of the All Progressives Congress as the validly elected lawmaker for Ogun West as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission. It also held that two witnesses called by the petitioner failed to give valid evidence to substantiate the allegations of the election not complying with the Electoral Act, constitutional requirements, and manual voting procedure.
The prayer of the petitioner that the victory of Senator Adeola be declared null, void, and of no consequence, could not stand or be granted due to its unmeritorious nature.
The tribunal also awarded, N500k against the petitioner in favour of the respondent.