Banky W gets fresh hope as Tribunal removes Labour Party’s Attah, orders supplementary election in Eti-Osa

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The Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, has nullified the Labour Party (LP) Lawmaker, Thaddeus Attah’s victory as Representative of the Eti Osa Federal Constituency of Lagos State.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) proclaimed Attah of the LP as the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat winner in the House of Representatives election.

Attah’s win created a buzz on social media, especially as many claimed he used the LP influence to secure the position and was further challenged in court by opposing parties.

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Giving the judgment on Monday, the tribunal nullified the election and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election in 32 polling units within 90 days.

This was as agreed with Bankole Wellington, aka Banky W of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that elections did not hold in about 40 polling units.

Banky W saw the tribunal ruling as a potential turnaround in his political career to be a federal lawmaker.

In a brief post on his X handle on Monday, he tweeted, “It is possible. Still.”

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The spokesperson for the Labour Party in Lagos, Olubunmi Adesanya, confirmed the decision of the tribunal on Monday night, September 11, 2023.

She said, “So what happened was that two of the three judges ruled in favour of supplementary election taking place in some areas, while the third judge said the case should be dismissed.

“We’ll know what the party will do by tomorrow. We’ll await what our legal advisers tell us before we do anything.”

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Obanikoro, also in a public statement, said “The Feb 25 election has just been rightly declared inconclusive and Supplementary elections has been ordered by the court.

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“Inec has been ordered to withdraw the return certificate issued and conduct elections in areas where election didn’t hold on Election Day.”

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