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Tribunal upholds Gbajabiamila’s election

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

The Lagos State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal yesterday affirmed the victory of the majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at the March 28 poll.

House Leader:  House Members celebrating with Hon.  Femi Gbajabiamila New House Leader  House of Representatives  in 8 Assembly. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.
File Photo: House Leader: House Members celebrating with Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila New House Leader House of Representatives in 8 Assembly. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Gbajabiamila was declared winner of the House of Representatives election by the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, after he poled 21,715 votes to beat his opponents.

His victory was however challenged by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Tony Ashikodi, who polled 14,550 votes, to be the second runner up.

Seeking the nullification of the poll, the PDP candidate, had alleged that the election was marred by irregularities and a breach of the guidelines set out by INEC for the conduct of the election.

Ashikodi had also urged the tribunal to grant an order calling for a fresh conduct of election, submitting that Gbajabiamila did not score the highest number of valid votes as declared by INEC.

Kalu Onuah who represented the petitioner at the tribunal argued that the tribunal ought to declare null and void the process that produced Gbajabiamila as the winner of the election, in lim with Section 53(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 which mandated the nullification of any election where the number of votes cast exceeded the number of registered voters.


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