Friday, October 9, 2015
The verdict of the National and State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital nullifying the Senatorial election of wanted cocaine Baron, Alhaji Buruji Kashamu this morning, has thrown a section of the state into wild jubilation.
Kashamu, controversial businessman and PDP stalwart, was the candidate of the then ruling party in the March 28, 2015 Senatorial Elections for Ogun East. Other candidates in the election include Dapo Abiodun of All Progressives Congress, APC, Adegbenga Kaka of the Segun Osoba-led Social Democratic Party (SDP) and six others. Kashamu was however controversially returned elected and declared winner of the election by the returning officer of the zone, Professor Babatunde Ikotun, after purportedly polling 99,540 votes ahead of eight other candidates.
In April 2015, however, the All Progressives Congress, APC, through its candidate, Dapo Abiodun, filed a petition accusing the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of manipulating the result in its favour during the collation.
After six months of twists and turns in the case, the tribunal finally delivered its judgment this morning Friday 9th October, 2015 nullifying Kashamu’s Pyrrhic victory.
The Tribunal led by Justice Ebiowei Tobi cancelled units in 8 out 9 local government areas to invalidate the election of the People’s Democratic Party senator. It has also ordered a rerun in a whopping 110 polling units of the senatorial district. The re-run will take place within 90 days.Shortly after the judgement in Abeokuta this morning, the Tribunal venue erupted in wild jubilation as supporters of the APC burst into ecstatic singing and dancing. The excitement later spread to other parts of the city.