By Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan
The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday upheld the election of Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, representing Oyo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Buhari whose election victory
as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was challenged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mulikat Adeola-Akande, is the incumbent Chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport.
In a unanimous judgement read by Hon. Justice Sambo Daka, on the petition, marked EPT/OY/SEN/09/2019, the tribunal concluded that 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 three-man panel comprises Justice Anthony Akpovi (Chairman), Justice Sambo Daka and Justice Chinyere Ani.
The panel awarded a cost of N150,000 against the petitioners.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the judgement, Senator Buhari gave glory to Almighty Allah for the electoral and tribunal victory which, he said, had further affirmed his acceptance by the electorates in Oyo North.
He also expressed appreciation to his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), his legal team led by Chief Lateef Fagbemi SAN , and his constituents for their support and prayers.
While reassuring his constituents that he will not relent in his efforts to accelerate the development of the Senatorial District and the constituents through qualitative representation at the National Assembly, Buhari posited that the victory is a pointer to the fact that the judiciary still remains the hope of the masses.