By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan has upheld the election of Senator Fatai Buhari representing Oyo North in National Assembly on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC)
The unanimous judgement of the panel, read by Justice Sambo Daka, on the petition, marked EPT/OY/SEN/09/2019, said the petitioners Mulikat Adeola-Akande and the party that presented her for the National Assembly poll, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), failed to prove their petition beyond reasonable doubt. The panel also comprises Justice Anthony Akpovi (Chairman) and Justice Chinyere Ani.
The panel also awarded a cost of N150,000 against the petitioners, and refused to grant the request of the petitioners for damages.
Buhari, who served as chairman Senate Committee of ICT and Cybercrimes in the 8th National Assembly, won the election with over 18,338 votes to defeat Adeola-Akande as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In his response, Senator Buhari chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport gave glory to Almighty God for the electoral and tribunal victory which further affirmed his acceptance by the electorates in Oyo North .
He also thanked and appreciated his party the All Progressives Congress his legal team led by Lateef Fagbemi SAN , and constituents for their support and prayers.
He maintained that the victory is a pointer to the fact that the judiciary still remains the hope of the masses.
The lawmaker however assured members of his costituency that he will not relent in his effort to accelerate the development of the districts and the constituency through quality representation at the National Assembly