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Kashamu many troubles: Tribunal nullifies election
There are indications that the National and State Assembly Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta has nullified the election of the alleged Unites States fugitive Buruji Kashamu as senator representing Ogun East senatorial district. The APC candidate had challenged the election victory of Buruji Kashamu at the tribunal.
While delivering his judgement, Justice Ebimowei Tobi ordered a re-run in 110 polling units within 90 days. He said there were irregularities in the conduct of the polls in some polling areas. He also said that election in some areas did not have sufficient reason for its cancellation.
Justice Ebimowei Tobi said ‘we have to cancel in other local government because they are much more anomalies and irregularities in local government like Ijebu North, Ijebu East, Sagamu, Ikenne and Odogbolu. The Judge said that of all the votes cast 37,008 were declared invalid because of irregularities.
Following the nullification of the invalid votes, Kashamu now has 75,856 votes compared to 99540 declared by INEC and Dapo Abiodun now has 70677 votes compared to 84,001 as declared by INEC.
The Judge therefore said ‘ the first respondent did not score enough votes to be able to declare him winner, comparing the margin win votes to total votes of 37008 that are invalid.
‘For avoidance of doubt, we cannot cancel the whole senatorial election because of that, and the margin of win is just 5179 votes, it is not enough to declare him winner.
‘The election is nullified in line with section 140(2) and 140(3) but in this regard, we are looking at 140(2). We hereby order fresh election in the affected polling unit; we do not feel comfortable to nullify election in Ogun East senatorial district.
‘The election of the first respondent is hereby set aside as senator representing Ogun East District and ordered that 3rd respondent conduct a fresh election into the polling units which elections have been cancelled and in doing that must take cognisance of the lawful votes.