August 25, (THEWILL) – The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos, has nullified the election of Seyi Sowunmi, the Labour Party (LP) House of Representatives member, representing Ojo Federal Constituency, Lagos.
A three-member panel of the Tribunal, led by Justice Abdullahi Ozegya, in a judgement on Thursday, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lanre Ogunyemi, as the duly elected candidate of the election conducted on February 25, 2023.
Ogunyemi, a former secretary of the APC in Lagos, had challenged the declaration of Sowunmi by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the winner of the election on the grounds that the respondent was not duly sponsored and qualified to contest the elections under the candidacy of Labour Party for Ojo Federal Constituency.
In its judgement on the petition, the tribunal agreed with the petitioner that the candidate of the Labour Party was not qualified to contest the elections.
Consequently, the Tribunal declared his votes wasted and held that the second runner up, APC’s Ogunyemi, ought to have been declared winner of Ojo Federal Constituency.
THEWILL reports that the three-member panel of the Tribunal, led by Justice Abdullahi Ozegya also has Justice Ashu Ewah and Justice Muhammad Sambo.
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