Tribunal dismisses Muraina’s petition challenging Adepoju’s victory, N1.5m substantial cost 


The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan has dismissed a petition filed by Hon. Ajibola Muraina, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives Candidate in Ibarapa Central/North Constituency challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Dr. Anthony Adepoju for being frivolous and lacking merit.


The tribunal on Tuesday, dismissed Muraina’s petition against Adepoju on lack of merit, awarding N1.5 million substantial cost against him.


Muraina had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Adepoju, popularly known as Ibarapa Kan in the February 25 National Assembly election.


He had in his petition alleged non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and over-voting in favour of Adepoju in the February 25 general elections.


The tribunal said that the petitioner was unable to establish the complaint in the petition and failed to prove the petition as it was.


It awarded substantial cost of N1.5 million against the petitioner, asking him to pay N500,000 each to Adepoju, PDP and INEC.


Mr. Sola Adeleke, the PDP Chairmanship candidate in Ibarapa Central Local Government, has congratulated the lawmaker, PDP family in the constituency and Oyo State on the verdict.


He described the verdict of the tribunal as victory for democracy, saying the judgment was evident that PDP remained the party to beat in Ibarapa zone and Oyo State.


Adeleke urged the public to have faith in the PDP’s triumph in the forthcoming Local Government election, instilling confidence in the hearts of the people by guaranteeing them victory.


Meanwhile, some supporters of the party have commended Adeleke for his unwavering confidence, saying his confidence in PDP’s ability to succeed demonstrated his commitment to the cause.


They said that his call on the people to remain steadfast and hopeful serves as a rallying cry for the party’s supporters, especially on the cusp of such a crucial election.


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