The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has rejected the tribunal’s verdict that sacked the Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial district, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Biodun Olujimi winner.
The party described the judgement as a travesty of Justice, members of the party claimed that the party won February 23, 2019, Senatorial election in the state.
Recall that the three-man election petition tribunal, headed by Justice Danladi Adeck, had in its judgement delivered cancelled votes in some units across the six local councils in the district, to declare Olujimi winner.
The APC stakeholders in Omuo Ekiti, while speaking at a meeting held at the headquarters of Ekiti East Local government on Wednesday, described the judgement as against the wishes of the people in the senatorial district.
The APC Senatorial Chairman in the district, Hon Akin Akinbobola, while reacting to the ruling, said the judgement amounted to truncating the desire of the people as demonstrated during the general election.
“We are surprised by the outcome of the tribunal; we reject it and it will not stand the test of time, because the people voted for APC.”
“The outcome was meant to rob us of victory and put our party in disarray as well as raise unnecessary dust in the area, but we are not bothered”.
Hon. Gbade Olusegun, an APC youth leader in Ekiti East, stated that the APC senatorial candidate emerged through a transparent and credible election, contrary to the judgement of the Tribunal.
“It was unfortunate that the tribunal acted contrary to the wishes of the people by awarding undeserved victory to the PDP candidate. We assure that the celebration by the opposition members would be short-lived.”
“the tribunal had delivered its verdict, which is more or less, a joy that will soon be truncated. Senator Adeyeye is a man of the people and we will not allow the mandate given to him to be stolen by PDP”.
Hon. Rachael Ibukun, APC Woman Leader, while speaking on the judgement expressed hope that the court of appeal will redress what she described as “jungle Justice” handed down by the tribunal.
“The judiciary is supposed to be the bastion of the common man and we are confident that what the opposition has now is a pyrrhic victory”.