ABEOKUTA – The National Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta has nullified the election of Hon. Kolapo Korede Osunsanya, KKO, who represented Ijebu Central Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, in the February 23rd election.
The Honourable Justice Wakkil Alkali Gana-led election petition tribunal cancelled the elections in Ward 5, Unit 5 in Ijebu Ode LGA; Ward 10, Unit 3 in Odogbolu LGA and the entire Ward 8 in Ijebu North East LGA in the Federal Constituency.
The Ijebu Central Federal Constituency consist of three local government areas, namely Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu.
A petition had been filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Barrister Taiwo Shote, challenging Osunsanya’s declaration as winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In his judgement, the tribunal ordered that INEC ought not to have declared him the winner of the election – in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act since the margin of lead and difference between the petitioner and 1st respondent was less than 4,000 and the total number of cancelled votes is 8,800.
The tribunal maintained INEC should have declared the election as inconclusive and held rerun in the affected Wards and polling units.
The tribunal however declared that Osunsanya was not duly elected and nullified the Certificate of Return issued to him by INEC and ordered that a rerun should be conducted within 90 days in Ward 5, Unit 5 in Ijebu Ode LGA; Ward 10, Unit 3 in Odogbolu LGA and the entire Ward 8 in Ijebu North East LGA.
In his reaction to the judgement, Barrister Shote described it as victory for the rule of law.
“I am very delighted at the judgement just delivered. I am happy that justice has been served. Although the wheel of justice grinds slowly, it grinds steadily and surely. It is victory for the rule of law and good people of Ijebu Central Federal Constituency. I thank God and the good people of Ijebu Ode, Ijebu North East and Odogbolu local government areas for their unflinching support thus far, and I promise not to disappoint them.”