Olujimi sworn in at Senate after victory over Adeyeye at rerun

The Senate, on Thursday, November 14; swore in Biodun Olujimi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on to represent Ekiti South.

Olujimi took the oath of office before the start of plenary; in a ceremony administered by the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh.

This comes in the wake of a verdict by the Court of Appeal in Kaduna; who declared her winner of the Ekiti South senatorial election held on February 23.

She replaced the former Senate spokesperson, Adedayo Adeyeye.

Olujimi had filed a petition at the election tribunal; alleging that there were irregularities in the election after Adeyeye was declared a winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

She also said she scored the highest number of lawful votes cast during the keenly contested poll.

The senator asked the tribunal to nullify Adeyeye’s victory; and declare her winner or order a supplementary election accordingly in the district.

She also claimed that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Acts; having been allegedly fraught with all manners of irregularities.

1st News had reported the initial sack of Adeyeye by the tribunal in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital. The tribunal declared Olujimi the winner.

Meanwhile, at the final computation; Olujimi polled 54,894 votes to emerge victorious over the Senate committee chairman on media and publicity, who polled 52,243.

Last week, Justice Anyanwu upheld the tribunal ruling and directed INEC to issue a certificate of return to Olujimi.

Olujimi’s resumption brings the number of female lawmakers in the Senate to eight.

Ng daily

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