9th October, 2015
The Election Tribunal in Ogun State has nullified the election of alleged US wanted drug baron, Buruji Kashamu.
The tribunal made the decision today in Abeokuta and ordered a rerun in 110 polling units, where irregularities were established.
Indications that the Tribunal would arrive at this conclusion were foreshadowed in the cancellation of the election of Buruji’s party colleague in the House of Representatives, Aremo Adesegun Adekoya Abdel-Majid, who represented Buruji’s Ijebu North local council and two other councils.
Prince Dapo Abiodun, the All Progressives Congress,APC Ogun East Senatorial candidate in the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly Election challenged Kashamu’s victory at the tribunal, claiming that Kashamu was not validly elected.
Instead, Abiodun wanted the tribunal to declare him the winner of the Ogun East Senate seat.
While delivering the judgment this afternoon, Justice Tobi Ebimowei said that there were some irregularities,some anomalies, adding that, some of them have been proven while some were not proven.
Ebimowei disclosed that Ijebu Ode local government area was the only local government out of the nine in Ogun East that election results were not cancelled because the irregularities were minimal.
“We have to cancel in other local government because they were many anomalies and irregularities in local government such as Ijebu North,Ijebu East,Sagamu,Ikenne and Odogbolu,”the judge posited.
He however stated that having perused all the evidences before the tribunal,37,008 votes was declared unlawful on grounds of proven irregularities.
Ebimowei also said the total valid and lawful votes for the first respondent after the deduction and adjustment is now 75,856 compared to 99,540 declared by INEC.