The Oyo State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday upheld the election of Senator Monsurat Sunmonu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected Senator for Oyo Central Senatorial District.
Chief Bisi Ilaka of the Accord Party (AP) had approached the tribunal seeking to annul Summonu’s victory in the March 28 National Assembly election and joined the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as co-respondents.
Delivering judgment, the tribunal Chairman, Justice J.G. Abundaga, held that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond all reasonable doubt, and that the onus of proof rested on the petitioner who, he said, failed to lead evidence to prove his case.
The tribunal also held that Ilaka failed to establish the allegation of dual citizenship which he preferred against Senator Summonu.
Abundaga also held that a petition must not rely on the witness or any perceived witnesses, but must succeed on the strength of its own case.
“In view of all the lapses and evidence of the witness essential, the petitioner is far from establishing a case of malpractice.
“The proof of the petitioner was made worse by the conclusion reached in their report and the oral evidence of Principal Witness (PW1),’’ the tribunal chairman said.
The Street Journal reports that Oyo State, like most states in the South Western part of Nigeria, is ruled by the APC.