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Tribunal Upholds Johnson’s Election

LAGOS – The National and State House of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos has upheld the election of Ganiyu Johnson of All Progressives Congress (APC) as member representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency 2 at the National Assembly, while it dismissed the petition of Emmanuel Nnodim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While delivering his judgment on Tuesday, Justice, S.I Okpara said that the petitioner failed to provide substantive evidence that the election was marred by irregularities and not conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act.

The Judge maintained that the prayer of the petitioner that he be declared winner and the election of respondent set aside could not be granted.

He maintained that it was not going to be granted since he had challenged the victory on the grounds that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted the election in non-compliance to the Electoral Act and wondered which of the result would be used to declare him (petitioner) winner and since INEC did not have two results.

Justice Okpara said that the evidence before the court showed that the election was conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act and the witness could not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the election was marred by irregularities even when the petitioner fully participated in the rerun election.

The panel, therefore, upheld the election of the respondent and dismissed the petition of PDP candidate for lack of evidence and inability to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the election was not in compliance with the Electoral Act.

The post Tribunal Upholds Johnson’s Election appeared first on Independent Newspapers Nigeria.

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