Olujimi, Adeyeye, trade words over petition to Appeal Court president
The immediate past spokesperson of the Senate, Mr. Adedayo Adeyeye and Senator Biodun Olujimi have engaged each other in verbal war over the propriety of the former’s petition to the President of Appeal Court, Justice Binta Bulkachuwa, for a judicial review of the already decided case.
Adeyeye had sent a petition to the Appeal Court president seeking a review of the judgment, which he described as error-ridden in the mathematical computation of the results.
Besides, Adeyeye, while speaking on a program tagged: ‘Journalists Hangouts, on Television Continental (TVC) in Lagos, which was monitored in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said the review being sought by him was for the apex court to reverse itself and return him as a senator.
He described the verdict of the Appeal Court as a travesty of justice and abrasion of the rule of law.
He said: “When you find out that an election is fraught with irregularities and of course my election was never fraught with irregularities, the remedy that is available is already in Section 140 sub-section 2 of the Electoral Act. They went against that, which is that you don’t declare any winner and award victory to her.
“All you will say is to go for a re-run election, but they went as far as to declare a winner because they know if they conduct this election a hundred times, I will always win.”
But reacting to Adeyeye’s claims, Olujimi who represents Ekiti South Senatorial District, dismissed him as a politician that was “hurt and injured,” wondering why he (Adeyeye) embarked on such a mission when he was adequately legally represented both at the tribunal and the appeal court where he lost.
“Does he want the tribunal to be reconstituted for him? After all, he had the representation of eminently qualified lawyers at both the tribunal and the Court of Appeal.
“All the judges at the tribunal agreed that I won the election. If he was sleeping at the tribunal, was he also sleeping at the appeal court? Is he asking them to reconstitute a statute-barred tribunal for him or what is he saying?
“Has he gone to court or is just writing a frivolous petition? Is he saying that six judges don’t know what they were doing? I have tried not to speak about it because I know he is hurt and injured, but when you are running after a thing and you don’t get it, you take a rest.”
He is not the only one that lost the election at the tribunal,” Olujimi said.