Bankole Wellington, the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for the Eti-Osa House of Representatives seat in the most recent election, has expressed satisfaction with the tribunal’s decision on his case.
On September 12, the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, which was in session in Ikeja, Lagos State, ordered a run-off election for the Eti-Osa House of Representatives seat.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, was mandated by the tribunal to hold a second election in the constituency’s 32 polling places within 90 days.
Thaddeus Attah of the Labour Party, LP, had already been named the election’s victor by INEC when the PDP candidate filed a lawsuit citing electoral violations.
On Monday of last week, after ruling on the case, the court annulled Thaddeus’ return and commanded more elections.
In response to the tribunal’s decision, Banky W stated in an interview with Arise TV on Tuesday that voters who were reportedly denied the right to vote during the election now had a second chance to do so.
He claims that due to voter suppression, vote rigging, and other electoral irregularities, around 29,000 qualified voters were denied their constitutional rights.
“I am grateful that the tribunal agreed that every voice deserves to be heard and every voice deserves to be counted when it comes to the subject of electoral processes,” he added.
“What we observed in Eti-Osa—and it is likely replicated in every other region of the nation—was that there were a number of polling places where elections were not held.
In certain instances, there was voting suppression, voter intimidation, and violence. In some locations, INEC officials turned up, but no ballots were there.
According to our estimations, around 29,000 persons were unable to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
“I’m pleased that the panel thought our case had validity. People who had their rights denied now have another opportunity.