Ogun Tribunal upholds Ogun speaker’s election, strikes out three petitions

Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

The Ogun state House of Assembly  election petition tribunal has struck out four petitions including the one challenging the Victory of the speaker of the state Assembly, Kunle Oluomo of the All Progressives Congress, at the march 9th state Assembly elections. 

The petitioner, Wemimo Olutobi has dragged Oluomo before the election petition tribunal on 28th of March, claiming that irregularities such as, over voting, violation of electoral act among others has marred the election. 
Before the judgement, the tribunal had earlier struck out three petitions, two in favour of the APC and one in favour of the APM.  

The Chairman of the Tribunal panel, Justice Adenike Josephine Coker,  however likened Olutobi’s petition tagged, ETP/OG/HASS/13/19 to a clear case of classical dumping over it inability to prove his case. 

The Chairman of the Tribunal panel also said, the onus lies on the  petitioner to prove his case to the tribunal but documentary evidences are not enough, as they can not speak for themselves  exept they are explained and tied to an exhibit hence,struck out the petition. 

She said, ” This is a case of classical dumping, as documentary evidence can not speak for itself except they are explained and tied to an exhibit. 

” the petitioner has failed to prove that there was an over voting and also failed to prove that the second respondent (Oluomo) did not win by the majority of lawful votes cast as a result the tribunal however resolved in favour of the second respondent.”

While speaking shortly after the judgement, Oluomo thanked God and the people of his constituency adding his victory at the tribunal is an assurance of a good legislation in the state. 

He however appealed to the petitioner and his party,APM to return to the APC saying they are all members of the same party. 

His words, ” Let thank God for every thing as I dedicate this victory to God, the people of Ogun state and most especially the people of IFO 1 state constituency and the Governor for the support so far. 

” Not just me but every member of the state Assembly who have won at the tribunal, We are rededicating our selves to serve more and they should expect a robust legislation from us as their representatives. 

When asked if the court case has affected his performance in the legislating business, he responded, “It has not affected my performance so far but one would think about it because no one would have a case in court and goes to sleep.

“I just want to appeal to all these petitioners from the APM that we are members of the same party, let them come back home. ‘Karin kapo, yiyeni lon yeni’.”

Also speaking to Oluomo’s lead counsel, Temitayo  Amaoo described the judgement as a well deserved one which can be described as a victory for the people of Ogun state . 

“The journey has not been easy we have been here for months having to go though documents, prepare processes and of cause go through the trial, it has been a little bit tedious but we thank God at the end of the day because we have the victory. 

Explaining the basis for the petition by the APM, Amaoo said, “They said he  does not have the majority of the votes cast and the tribunal should nullify  the election but the tribunal has found out that the petitioner was unable to prove the petition. In an election petition tribunal, the onus is on the petitioner to prove what he has asserted. 

“In the course of this case we were never in doubt because the case is straight forward, we were sure that the tribunal will rule in our favour looking at the facts before it and at the end we are glad that we were able to secure victory. 

“This is a well deserved victory for democracy and the good people of Ogun state.” 

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