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Tribunal orders rerun in Eti-Osa Lagos Federal Constituency

The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, has nullified the return of Thaddeus Atta of the Labour Party as the duly elected representative for Eti Osa Federal Constituency.

In the lead judgment, the tribunal declared the elections inconclusive and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within 90 days in 33 polling units, where elections did not hold.

Reacting to the ruling on Tuesday in a post on X, formerly Twitter, Mr Atta said there was no cause for alarm, insisting that he had not been “sacked” by the court.

Bankole Wellington (Banky W) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was declared second in the polls, and the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro (IBO) had both filed petitions challenging the election of February 25.

In that election, INEC had declared Mr Atta, who scored 24,075 votes, the winner, with Banky W and IBO garnering 18,668 and 16,901 votes, respectively.

Writing by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare and Tony Okerafor