APC senatorial candidate, Dapo Abiodun, has hired three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Alhaji Yusuf Ali, Rickey Tarfa and Abiodun Owonikoko to begin legal fireworks against the election of PDP candidate, Buruji Kashamu, as Ogun East Senator-elect, in the just concluded general election. Proceedings will soon start at the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting at the High Court complex, Isabo, Abeokuta.
It is widely alleged that Kashamu is a fugitive on the run from the United States authorities. HAMILTONSTYLE hopes that if Abiodun’s consortium of lawyers bring this fugitive status up at the tribunal, Kashamu would have a legal platform to clear his name. It has been suggested by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu that Senator-elect Kashamu should visit the United States to prove he is innocent of alleged drug crimes committed over there.
According to the Director of Organisation, Dapo Abiodun Campaign Group, Mr. Femi Adeniyi, the oil magnate Abiodun has petitioned the three-man Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal, alleging that the March 28, 2015 National Assembly poll was rigged in favour of Kashamu.
Abiodun alleged that the PDP senatorial candidate induced voters with money even before the voting started. “Also, during collation of results, there were manipulations in some areas where the number of those who voted exceeded the number of those who were accredited for voting on Saturday, March 28, 2015,” alleged Abiodun.
Specifically, it was alleged that the election results on Forms EC8A, EC8B and EC8Cs did not correspond in many polling units identified in Ijebu North, Sagamu, Remo North and Ikenne “where the election results were massively rigged in favour of Buruji Kashamu.”
The applicant continued: “Also, election did not hold in two wards – 5 and 7 in Sagamu and a ward in Ogun Waterside Local Government respectively because voters, who turned out to cast their votes did not present their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), but to their surprise the PDP candidate was declared winner in the three wards,” alleged Abiodun.
Abiodun vowed to claim his mandate at the tribunal through the legal process. “Unknown to them, we have all facts at our disposal. This is people’s mandate, freely given to me. And no amount of dollar-induced manipulations can take away my mandate,” said Abiodun.
Media aide to the PDP candidate, Austin Oniyokor reacted by saying that Kashamu was already set to defend his mandate at the tribunal.
“If he (Abiodun) has any grouse against the election results, the Electoral Act has made provisions for redress. The Act allows aggrieved parties to go to the Election Petition Tribunal. If he (Abiodun) has gone there, we are ready to defend our mandate. It would be interesting for him (Abiodun) to tell the whole world how he won the election even when Kashamu defeated him in his polling unit, ward and local government, respectively.”