The Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, has nullified the victory of Thaddeus Attah, a Labour Party (LP) lawmaker, as the Representative of the Eti Osa Federal Constituency of Lagos State, News About Nigeria gathered.
The court’s verdict, handed down on Monday, September 11, has mandated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise a supplementary election within 90 days in the 32 polling units of Eti-Osa where the initial election results were contested.
Furthermore, INEC has been directed to retract the return certificate previously issued to Attah and to conduct elections in areas where voting did not take place on February 25.
One of the notable figures responding to this development is Olubankole Wellington, better known as Banky W, who had contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a post shared on his microblogging platform (X) on Monday night, Banky W expressed his optimism by saying, “It is possible. Still.”
Similarly, Ibrahim Obanikoro, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and former lawmaker, shared a copy of his campaign poster on X while soliciting votes from his constituents. He wrote, “Re-elect Your Neighbour.”
In a related development, three members of the House of Representatives from Abia State, who were elected on the Labour Party (LP) platform, were also removed from office by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The tribunal issued these verdicts on Monday following various petitions challenging their election victories.
Among the lawmakers affected by the tribunal rulings is Ibe Okwara Osunwa, the representative of Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, who was removed for non-compliance with the 2022 Electoral Act.
His removal came in response to a petition filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, Daniel Okeke.