Tri­bunal up­holds Ag­baje’s elec­tion in Oyo

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

The state House of As­sem­bly elec­tions pe­ti­tion tri­bunal sit­ting in Ibadan, Oyo State has up­held the elec­tion of Bolanle Ag­baje of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), rep­re­sent­ing Ibadan North Con­stituency.

Ag­baje’s vic­tory in the April 11, 2015 poll was chal­lenged by Ba­batunde Olaniyan of the Ac­cord Party.

In his pe­ti­tion, Olaniyan, al­leged among oth­ers, that that Ag­baje was not the can­di­date that scored the high­est num­ber of votes in the APC pri­mary and the gen­eral elec­tions.

Coun­sel to the pe­ti­tion­ers also ar­gued that the elec­tion was marred by ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, rig­ging and non­com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of the elec­toral act.

But the tri­bunal, headed by Hon. Jus­tice A. M. Abubakar, in its judg­ment that lasted over one hour trashed out the al­le­ga­tions brought be­fore it by the pe­ti­tion­ers based on lack of enough ev­i­dence to prove the al­le­ga­tions.

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