Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, has applauded the judgement of the Electoral Tribunal sitting in Akure on the legal tussle over the Ile Oluji/ Oke Igbo/ Odigbo House of Representatives election.
The panel affirmed the election of Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin during the National Assembly election in March.
According to a statement released by the party Publicity Secretary, Mr. Alex Kalejaiye, Adetimehin said the judgement is an endorsement of the people’s will.
He also commended the panel “for its sincere and impartial disposition”.
“Akinfolarin is one of our stars. He has been there before, and he performed creditably well. We have no doubts that he will give a better account of himself in the lower chamber in the second term”, he assured.
The party boss urged Akinfolarin to put behind him the legal distraction and concentrate on the assignment for which the people of his constituency elected him.
He assured him of the State chapter’s support, and all the lawmakers on the platform of APC, in their efforts to better the lots of the people.
The 2019 National and state house of Assembly elections petition tribunal in Ondo state today, Friday dismissed the petition of Abayomi Akinfemiwa of the Peoples Democratic Party seeking the upturn of the election of Mayowa Akinfolarin of the All progressives Congress for ileoluji Okeigbo/Odigbo federal constituency.
The three man panel headed by justice Nuhu Adi said the petitioner could not prove his allegation of malpractices and non compliance to the electoral act during the February 2019 National Assembly elections.
The judgement which lasted for over two hours was read by Jutice Victor Okorie, who took time to appraise the submissions of counsels to the petitioner and the respondents.
The tribunal held that the testimony of the petitioner and some of his principal witnesses did not correspond with their statement on oath and as such could not hold water.
The justices noted that the onus lies on the petitioner to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt even if INEC, the third respondent, refuses to call any witness.
The tribunal also held that the petitioner failed to establish the allegation of over voting in some polling units, non accreditation and other forms of non-compliance to the 2010 electoral act as amended.
It therefore described the petition as lacking in merit, struck it out and upheld the election of Mayowa Akinfolarin as duly elected representative for ile oluji oke igbo/Odigbo federal constituency.
Reacting to the Judgement in a statement sent to Nigerian Cable News online, Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin Appreciated the support of his constituents who stood by him through the election and court process, while calling on his challenger to join hands with him and develop his constituency.