Former Senate Minority Leader, Abiodun Olujimi has reacted to her victory over Senator Dayo Adeyeye (APC-Ekiti South) at the Court of Appeal.
Naija News reports that the Appeal Court had sacked Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Court of Appeal delivered the judgment on Wednesday in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, after an initial change of venue from Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
This online news platform understands that the Appeal Court upheld the tribunal victory of Senator Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party as the valid winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial District election which took place on February 23.
Naija News recalls that the Election Petitions Tribunal sacked Adeyeye who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs in September.
The tribunal-led by Justice Danladi Adeck declared Senator Olujimi, a former Senate Minority Leader as the winner of the February 23 election in Ekiti South Senatorial District.
Reacting to her victory in a statement on Thursday, Senator Olujimi said it was God and courage of the judiciary that returned her as representative of Ekiti South Senatorial District.
She said the exercise was a great journey of soul searching and a great effort to unravel the mysteries surrounding the last Senatorial elections in Ekiti.
Olujimi said: “Suffice it to say that I cannot fully gather my thoughts now, but will be brief and will do a comprehensive write up later.
“For me, it was sheer grace, uncommon grace that spoke for me and I will never take it for granted.”
The lawmaker commended Dayo Adeyeye, urging him to continue to work to improve his constituency.
“He gave me a strong reason to pursue my conviction with decency. Let me say that I know how it feels to be in his situation but I ask that he will understand that democracy is a bitter/sweet system which we all submitted to.
“I wish him luck as he moves on to plan for the future and ask that he doesn’t jettison the zeal to assist and give back to his constituency.
“We must work to make our constituents better. I will be willing to work with him on projects that will enhance the development of Ekiti South. Politics must bind rather than separate us,” she said.