...Omoworare’s elec­tion too

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul-Hameed Oyeg­bade, Osogbo

The Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal in Osun State has up­held the elec­tion of Sen­a­tor Baba­jide Omoworare rep­re­sent­ing Osun East Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict at the up­per cham­ber of the Na­tional Assem­bly on the plat­form of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

The tri­bunal dis­missed the pe­ti­tion of the can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the elec­tion, Prince Fran­cis Fadahunsi, in a unan­i­mous judg­ment.

The chair­man of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice A.G Ka­jaffa, said the pe­ti­tioner’s case lacked suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence and that the pe­ti­tioner failed to prove his case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

The tri­bunal also di­rected the pe­ti­tioner to pay a sum of N50,000 to each of the re­spon­dents as com­pen­sa­tion.

Coun­sel to Omoworare, Mr Wale Afo­labi, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the ver­dict of the tri­bunal, stress­ing that the judg­ment only re-af­firmed their claims of free, fair and cred­i­ble elec­tions.

Mean­while, coun­sel to the pe­ti­tion­ers, Chief Ojo Wil­liams ap­pre­ci­ated the tri­bunal for a thor­ough process, main­tain­ing that his team would go back to the pe­ti­tioner for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tions.

In his re­ac­tion, the pe­ti­tioner, Mr Fadahunsi, vowed to chal­lenge the ver­dict of the tri­bunal at the ap­pel­late court.

While speak­ing on his vic­tory at the tri­bunal, Omoworare, in a state­ment by his media as­sis­tant, Mr Tunde Dairo, de­scribed it as vic­tory for truth, the peo­ple, democ­racy and rule of law.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki

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