- Senator Abiodun Olujimi has finally reacted over the appeal court judgement
- Court of Appeal had on Wednesday, November 6, nullified the election of the Senate spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye and declared Olujimi the winner of the election
- The former Senate minority leader said the uncommon grace gave senatorial seat back to her
Former governor of Ekiti state, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, has finally made an official statement, hours after the Court of Appeal declared her the authentic winner of the National Assembly election in the state.
Legit.ng reports that Olujimi, who was the Senate minority leader during the eight National Assembly, said on Thursday, November 7, that her victory at the appeal court over the Senate spokesperson, Prince Dayo Adeyeye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a product of God’s grace.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Olujimi, in a statement in Ado Ekiti, said it was God and courage of the judiciary that returned her as representative of Ekiti south senatorial district.
"I have been speechless since yesterday morning when the appeal court, Ado Ekiti, sitting in Kaduna, upheld the decision of the lower tribunal to the effect that I be returned as senator, elected on the platform of the PDP in the last senatorial election!
"It’s a mixed feeling of relief and unbelief. I am yet to fully grasp the import of God’s mercy and compassion,” she said.
She said that the exercise was a great journey of soul searching and a great effort to unravel the mysteries surrounding the last senatorial elections in Ekiti.
"Suffice it to say that I cannot fully gather my thoughts now, but will be brief and will do a comprehensive write up later.
"For me, it was sheer grace, uncommon grace that spoke for me and I will never take it for granted," she said.
Olujimi saluted the courage and tenacity of Adeyeye, her opponent in the election debacle, saying he gave her a reason to rejoice.
She said: "He gave me a strong reason to pursue my conviction with decency. Let me say that I know how it feels to be in his situation but I ask that he will understand that democracy is a bitter/sweet system which we all submitted to.
"I wish him luck as he moves on to plan for the future and ask that he doesn’t jettison the zeal to assist and give back to his constituency. We must work to make our constituents better. I will be willing to work with him on projects that will enhance the development of Ekiti south. Politics must bind rather than separate us.”
Olujimi also thanked the PDP party men and women, the party national chairman, Uche Secondus, the former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, governors of the PDP, among several others.
"I cannot finish without acknowledging the judiciary, particularly, those that were involved in the tribunal and the appeal. They renewed my hope in a better Nigeria where justice is compelled by transparency and fairness. I salute you all," she said. (NAN)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, November 6, sacked Adeyeye from the upper chamber of legislative chamber.
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