The decision of the Election Petitions Tribunal ordering a rerun in the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos State was welcomed on Wednesday by singer and federal legislative candidate Bankole Wellington, better known by his stage name Banky W.
He referred to it as a miracle, saying that he was given a second chance.
“For me personally, it’s a miracle in and of itself that we get another chance to finish the election. I think it’s a testament to the power of perseverance, the power of faith, and the collective will of the people who want to participate in the rebuilding of this democracy,” Banky W said during an interview on Channels TV’s politics today.
News About Nigeria recalls that the decision handed down on Monday declared the election inconclusive, nullifying Thaddeus Atta’s Labour Party victory, and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to hold a new election in 33 polling places where the elections did not take place within 90 days.
This came after petitions were submitted by Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro (IBO) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Wellington, who finished second.
Banky W lamented the fact that there were over 30 polling units with “almost 30,000 voters” who were prepared to cast a ballot but were unable to do so.
In addition, the popular music star claimed that INEC officers failed to appear at some polling units, he also cited instances of violence and voter suppression in specific locales.
The leadership of the Labour Party has continued to cry foul over tribunal verdicts that have led to the sack of a handful of lawmakers elected on the platform of the party.