By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Justice Josephine Coker of the election petition tribunal sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta Ogun State, has dismissed the petition, challenging the victory of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, as the winner of Ifo 1 State Constituency in the state House of Assembly.
The Allied Peoples Movement’s (APM) Candidate, Hon. Wemimo Owolabi, had filed a petition, challenging the emergence of Oluomo of All Progressives Congressional (APC) in the last election.
But the court maintained that the motion filed by Owolabi lacked substance. In her final judgement, the tribunal declared Hon. Oluomo as the authentic winner of the House of Assembly election held on March 9, 2019.
She said the three allegations levelled against Oluomo which are over -voting, illegal use of PVC and non-accreditation of voters lacked evidence.
The counsel to the speaker, Barrister Temitayo Amoo, noted that he already knew that the tribunal would rule out the petition levelled against Oluomo.
He said the victory of Oluomo showed that the House of Assembly election held on March 9, 2019 was free and fair.
According to him, the case was straight forward, the facts were straight too, “even from the beginning we were sure that the tribunal will rule in our favour but we thank God today; we are glad to witness the Victory. This is a deserved victory for democracy and for the good people of Ifo, Ogun State”.
Hon. Oluomo also thanked God for his victory, saying ”I want to thank God and the people of Ogun State for my victory at the tribunal. It is now that we can fully concentrate on something else as the case has been thrown away today.
”I want to appeal to all APM’s faithful to come back home and rejoin APC, because they were members of APC before they crossed over to APM.”