Appeal Court’s Verdict in Eti Osa Federal Constituency Election
In a recent development, the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos State delivered a decisive verdict in the Eti Osa Federal Constituency election, declaring Thaddeus Atta, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), as the duly elected member of the House of Representatives.
Recalling the Election Tribunal’s Decision
This ruling comes in the wake of prior legal proceedings where the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, situated at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, had earlier declared the election inconclusive.
The tribunal’s judgment, issued in September, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within 90 days in 33 specific polling units.
Additionally, INEC was instructed to withdraw the return certificate previously issued to Thaddeus Attah and arrange new elections in areas where the initial election had not been conducted on February 25.
Appeal Court’s Decision on the Election’s Conclusion
In contrast to the tribunal’s directive, the Appeal Court, in its recent ruling, overturned the earlier decision and declared that the elections in Eti Osa Federal Constituency were indeed conclusive.
Implications of the Appeal Court’s Verdict
Following this landmark decision by the Appeal Court, Thaddeus Attah emerges as the victor in the election, securing the House of Representatives seat for Eti Osa Federal Constituency.
This outcome supersedes the prior declaration of Bankole Wellington, famously known as Banky W, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and had been recognized as the runner-up in the February 2023 election.
It also affects the candidacy of Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro, who represented the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the same election.
Final Determination of the Eti Osa Federal Constituency Representative
With the Appeal Court’s ruling, Thaddeus Atta now officially holds the position of the duly elected member of the House of Representatives, representing Eti Osa Federal Constituency.
This outcome settles the dispute that had arisen following the tribunal’s earlier declaration of the election as inconclusive.