BY ONOZURE DANIA with agency reports
IKEJA – The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has appealed against the judgement of the Lagos State Local Government Election Petitions Tribunal which declared Mr. Babajide Obanikoro of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Chairman of Ikoyi/Obalende Local Council Development Area.
The ACN and its candidate, Mr. Adewale Adeniji, filed the appeal yesterday before the Lagos State Local Government Election Petitions Appeal Tribunal.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Babajide is the son of Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro, a chieftain of the PDP and a former gubernatorial candidate in the state.
The lower tribunal sitting in Ikeja, had on Oct 4 declared Babajide the winner of the election conducted on Oct. 22, 2011.
The five-member tribunal presided over by retired Justice Dolapo Akinsanya held that Babajide scored the highest number of valid votes in the election.
It said that the evidence before the tribunal showed that he scored 3,770 valid votes, while Adeniji scored 3,248 votes.
The tribunal, therefore, ordered the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, LASIEC, to issue a Certificate of Return to the PDP candidate.
However, in the appeal, the ACN stated that the tribunal erred on four grounds of law. The appeal was filed on the ACN’s behalf by its counsel, Mr. Olayinka Okedara.
It said: “The lower tribunal erred in law when it held that the ward collation results tendered by the respondents cannot be ascribed any value, and that there is no credible evidence before the tribunal to relate them to.