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Ekiti Election Petitions Tribunal – Olujimi Floors Adeniyi

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yaqoub Popoola

ADO -EKITI

The victory of Senator representing Ekiti South, Senator Biodun Olujimi was on Tuesday affirmed by Ekiti State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti.

The Tribunal threw out the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Tony Adeniyi for lacking merit.

The 1st Petitioner (Adeniyi) also claimed that Olujimi did not resign from office as board member of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) within the time allowed by law before the conduct of the election.

In the judgment delivered by a member of the three-man panel, Justice P.A. Obayi, the tribunal held that Olujimi was not an employee of the Federal Government as claimed by Adeniyi.

The tribunal said evidence before it showed that Olujimi as a non-executive member of the NCC board on part-time basis was not employed in the public service of the federation as claimed by the 1st petitioner.

According to the panel, the PDP senator was not a public servant as envisaged in the First Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The tribunal held that from the evidence adduced before it, it came to a conclusion that Olujimi was never a staff member of NCC. Having resolved the first issue for determination, the tribunal said the second question of whether the 1st Respondent resigned her appointment as a board member of NCC did not arise. The panel ruled that having being proved not to be in the public service, the second question has become academic, speculative and theoretically serves no purpose.

“The petition lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed”, Justice Obayan concluded. Former Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Remi Adiukwu-Bakare, who represented Olujimi in court, commended the judgment which she described as “apt and scholarly.”