Kashamu insists as Tribunal reads judgement Monday say’s “I remain a Senator”

Court rejects FG’s request to extradite Kashamu
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.

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“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.”

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