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Lagos Tribunal Sacks LP Lawmaker

- September 22, 2023

The State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos has nullified the return of the Labour’s Party (LP) candidate, Deji Doherty as the House of Assembly member for Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II in Lagos State.

 However, the three-man panel led by Justice Muhammad Sambo declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Olawale Rauf Age Sulaiman, as the duly elected candidate of the election conducted on March 18, 2023.

The other members of the panel are Justice Ashu Ewah and Justice Abdullahi Ozegya

Hon. Wale Rauf a State Lawmaker in the 9th assembly, had challenged the declaration of Tunder Fashina & Deji Doherty 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 Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 2.

In its judgment on the petition, the tribunal agreed with the petitioner that the candidates of the Labour Party was not qualified to contest the elections.

It therefore, declared his votes wasted and held that the second runner up, APC’s Hon. Wale Rauf, ought to have been declared winner of Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 2.

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