The Election Petition Tribunal for National and State House of Assembly in Ikeja, Lagos State, has invalidated the win of Thaddeus Atta, the Labour Party candidate, and called for a fresh election in the Eti Osa Federal Constituency of Lagos State.
Renowned Nigerian singer and actor, Olubankole Wellington, also known as Banky W, alongside Ibrahim Obanikoro from the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, will be partaking in the upcoming election.
This ruling has provided both Banky W and Obanikoro with a chance to vie for victory once again, as the court mandated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the rerun within 90 days.
As per the verdict, INEC has been directed to hold a supplementary election in the 32 polling units of Eti-Osa within the stipulated 90-day period. Additionally, the electoral body has been instructed to revoke the return certificate issued to Attah and organize elections in the areas where the election did not take place on February 25.
In response to the judgment, Obanikoro, son of the former minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, conveyed in his Instagram story: “The Feb 25 election has just been rightly declared inconclusive and supplementary elections have been ordered by the court. INEC has been ordered to withdraw the return certificate and conduct elections in areas where it didn’t hold on Election Day.”
Similarly, Banky W posted on his page, suggesting that there is still a possibility for him to secure the office, stating, “It is possible. Still.”
Meanwhile, Atta, in his reaction to the development, clarified that he was not removed from office. He explained, “The Tribunal has simply ordered a re-run (supplementary election) in the 32 polling units where elections did not hold. We will continue working for Etiosa. I urge constituents to keep calm as we are unshaken. We will get through this together.”