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Tue, Sep 12, 2023 2:35 PM

Labour Party's Thaddeus Attah Loses Election: Tribunal Orders Supplementary Election

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Labour Party's Thaddeus Attah Loses Election: Tribunal Orders Supplementary Election
The Federal House of Representatives election for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency has been cancelled by the parliamentary election petition tribunal in Lagos State. A supplementary election has been ordered to be conducted in 32 polling units within the constituency. The ruling came after petitions were submitted by Banky W of the PDP and Babajide Obanikoro of the APC, claiming that the election did not occur in several polling units. This decision marks a setback for Thaddeus Attah of the Labour Party who had initially been declared the winner by INEC.

In a surprising turn of events, the Federal House of Representatives election for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency has been cancelled by the parliamentary election petition tribunal in Lagos State. The tribunal has ordered a supplementary election to be conducted within 90 days in 32 polling units that were alleged to have not held the election.

The ruling came after petitions were submitted by Banky W of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who claimed that the election did not take place in at least 40 polling units within the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency. The tribunal's decision to cancel the election and order a supplementary one is seen as a victory for the petitioners and raised questions about the initial declaration of Thaddeus Attah as the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Thaddeus Attah, the Labour Party candidate who had been declared the winner with 24,075 votes, now faces uncertainty as his victory has been invalidated by the tribunal. Banky W, who polled 18,666 votes, voiced his satisfaction with the tribunal's ruling on social media, stating that he believes the justice system is on the right track and commending the judges for adhering to the components of the Constitution.

The supplementary election will be critical for all the candidates involved as it holds the potential to change the outcome of the initial election. Thaddeus Attah, Banky W, and Babajide Obanikoro will have to strategize and campaign once again to win the support of the electorate. The Eti-Osa Federal Constituency election has become highly contested and closely watched.

This decision by the tribunal not only affects Eti-Osa but also highlights the larger issue of election irregularities and the role of INEC in ensuring free and fair elections. The ruling against the Labour Party in Abia, where three of its House of Representatives members were sacked and their opponents declared winners, further emphasizes the need for transparency and accountability in the electoral process.

It is a setback for the Labour Party, as their candidates Ibe Okwara and Emeka Nnamani representing Arochukwu/Ohafia and Abia North/South Federal Constituencies were sacked by the tribunal. Additionally, the election in the Obingwa/Osisioma/Ugwunagbo Federal Constituency was nullified, further exposing discrepancies in the electoral process.

As the Electoral Commission prepares for the supplementary election in Eti-Osa, the attention of the constituents and politicians will be focused on the candidates and their respective parties. The outcome of the supplementary election will not only determine the representative of the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency but will also shape public opinion on the credibility of the electoral system in Nigeria.

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