Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tribunal Upholds Ajimobi’s Election As Oyo Governor

The Oyo State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of Accord, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja against the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In the unanimous judgment read by the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Mohammed Mayaki, the tribunal holds that Ladoja and Accord “failed woefully” to prove their allegations of rigging, electoral malpractices, violence and non-compliance with the Electoral Act among others, beyond reasonable doubt.

Delivery of the judgment lasted for four and a half hours.

The tribunal resolved all the issues determined in favour of Ajimobi.

It rejected the evidences presented by all Ladoja’s witnesses, saying they were not specific to incidents as claimed as well as failed to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt.

Consequently, the tribunal upheld the election of the incumbent governor having polled the majority of votes cast in the April 11 election.

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