The Oasis Reporter
November 8, 2019
Ekiti state political watchers recall the arrogance and pomposity that came to bear on Adeyeye’s loss at the gubernatorial primary election where he lost to Ayo Fayose’s protégé and Deputy governor, Prof. Kolapo Olusola who eventually went on to fly the PDP flag, but lost to the APC eventually.
The big news is that Appeal Court has sacked the Spokesperson Of the Senate, APC’s Adeyeye, and declared PDP’s Olujimi as the actual winner of the seat.
Preparatory to the off season gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, 2018, Biodun Olujimi and Dayo Adeyeye were united in opposing then Governor Fayose’s seeming imposition of Professor Kolapo Olusola as the PDP flag bearer. They were noisy and raucous, then stormed out of the primaries venue. Olujimi shimmered down later, ate humble pie and accepted the PDP compensatory Ekiti South Senatorial Seat ticket.
Not so for Dayo Adeyeye, who walked into the consoling arms of the APC, desperate for a PDP turncoat that they can use to upset the apple cart. ‘APC calmed him down with the offer of the Senatorial ticket, to lock horns with Olujimi.
Now it is obvious that he came with extra effort that pandered to rigging, and won.
The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 thought otherwise and nullified the election of Dayo Adeyeye.
The Appellate Court subsequently upheld the tribunal judgment which declared Senator Biodun Olujimi and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party as winner of the Ekiti South Senatorial election held on February 23, 2019.
Earlier in the year, the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State had nullified the election of Senator Dayo Adeyeye as the winner of Ekiti South Senatorial district.
Subsequently, the tribunal in a unanimous verdict declared former minority leader and the PDP candidate, Senator Biodun Olujimi as winner of the senatorial poll.
Following the declaration of Adeyeye, the candidate of the APC winner by the INEC in the February 23, 2019 senatorial election, Olujimi had approached the tribunal, craving that she should be declared winner.
She prayed the tribunal to annul votes in areas that were found to be marked with irregularities like over voting, multiple thumb printing, ballot snatching, ballot stuffing and improper ballot counting should be cancelled to know the winner of the poll.
Adeyeye, said to be a prince in one of the numerous Ekiti kingdoms was alleged to have tossed dignity away when he angrily went for the political jugular of the governor, Ayo Fayose, refusing to be pacified. Political activists in the state reminded him of all his gains in the PDP. They said he had been
1. SUBEB Chairman
2. Federal Minister
3. Ekiti State University, (EKSU) Governing Council Chairman
4. PDP National Publicity Secretary
All under the PDP. Yet, because he desperately wanted to be governor and failed, he betrayed the party.
Now they add that “It serves Adeyeye right” that his new party saw him lose at the courts and pretended not to be aware. Though, Governor Fayemi has hailed him as a dogged fighter who should see his loss as a sacrifice to deepen democracy. “He’ll bounce back”, after this final loss, for senatorial election cases end there.
Delivering the judgement at a lower tribunal earlier, the three – man tribunal, led by Justice D.D. Adeck nullified the elections in some polling units to declare Olujimi the winner of the polls.
The tribunal said that Olujimi polled a total of 54,894 to emerge victorious over Adeyeye who polled 52,243. “We hereby declare the petitioner the winner and she is hereby returned elected.
“We hereby direct the INEC to withdraw the certificate of return from the respondent and issue same to the petitioner”, he said.