The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has reacted to his sack by the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The tribunal had yesterday nullified the election Kashamu, and that of a federal lawmaker, representing Ijebu East /Ijebu North /Ogun waterside, Adekoya Adesegun and five members of the Ogun state assembly.
The tribunal, headed by Justice Ebiowei Tobi based its ruling on the fact that the results were announced without compliance to electoral law.
Reacting to a DAILY POST enquiry, Austin Oniyokor, media aide to Kashamu in his response via email said the reports on his principal were “not a true reflection of what transpired at the tribunal”.
“Although the tribunal has said the full judgement will be made available on Monday, it could not be said to have sacked Kashamu because, according to it, after the removal of voided votes, Kashamu is still leading with 5,179 votes.
“According to the tribunal’s findings, Kashamu has 75,856 votes against Dapo Abiodun’s 70,677 votes. So how can the person leading be said to have been ‘sacked’? For who? The losing candidate? We think not.”
According to him, the rerun was ordered in 110 out of over 1,135 polling units in the senatorial district, adding that it was less than 10 percent of the polling units in the senatorial district.
Oniyokor further noted that “Certainly, we are going to test veracity of the tribunal’s verdict at the Court of Appeal. The tribunal has given its judgement, but it is not the end of the road. That is the beauty of the judicial process.”
He urged Kashamu’s supporters to remain calm “as we further exercise our rights under the Constitution.”