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APC begins challenge of Kashamu’s election at tribunal

Posted: Apr 23, 2015 at 8:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem Abeokuta


A day after the Peoples Democratic Party raised the alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC) plans to sack its governors-elect, the Ogun State chapter of the APC has filed a petition at the state National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the victory of the Ogun East Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu was declared winner of the National Assembly elections held on March 28 by the returning officer of the zone, Prof Babatunde Ikotun, after polling 99,540 votes to defeat eight other candidates.

But the first runner-up in the election and the candidate of the APC, Adedapo Abiodun in the petition, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, argued that Kashamu was not qualified to contest the election and did not score the highest number of lawful votes as required by law.

The petitioner, who said he would relies on form EC8E (1) to prove his case, alleged that Kashamu, his party, the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and that state Resident Electoral Commissioner, who were joined as the second to fourth respondents respectively, failed to comply with all the electoral laws.

The petition which, according to the documents, would be argued by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), led by Yusuf Ali, was presented on four grounds.

According to the petitioner: “The Election of the 1st Respondent, Prince Buruji Kashamu is invalid
by reason of substantial non-compliance with the provisions of Electoral Act 2015 (as amended), the Manual for Election Officials 2015, the guidelines issues for the conduct of the election and the law in the conduct of the election.
“The Election of the 1st Respondent, Prince Buruji Kashamu is invalid by reason of corrupt practices and electoral malpractices perpetrated by the 1st Respondents in person and members and agents of the 1st and second Respondents in the places mentioned in this petition.”

The petitioner also averred that Kashamu was sighted when the elections was on distributing N200,000 to his canvassers at every polling units and publicly informing electorates that they were entitled to N2,000 in
exchange for votes in his favour while N5,000 was allegedly offered in Sagamu local government.

The fourth ground, the petitioner further argued, is that the first Respondent was a fugitive who has been indicted by a Grand Jury in the United States of America’s Federal Judicial Circuit for trafficking heroine and against whom an arrest warrant has been issues and still standing.
Meanwhile, the petitioner urged the court to nullify all the results from polling units or wards where the requisite forms were not completed, dated, signed or stamped by the concerned officials.
He, therefore, prayed the court to declare Kashamu as not qualified to contest the Ogun East Senatorial Election, was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast during the election and that
a declaration that the announcement of Kashamu be annulled and set aside the same being null and void.
It also prayed that the petitioner was duly elected and ought to have
been returned as Senator-elect representing the senatorial district.

In the alternative, it was further prayed that the election be vitiated for substantial non-compliance with the mandatory statutory requirements which has substantially affected the validity of the election in the units and wards of the areas being challenged.

It further prayed the election be declared nullified or cancelled
while the electoral body should conduct fresh elections in the
affected areas for the senatorial seat.