The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal convened in Lagos has invalidated the election victory of Seyi Sowunmi, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, who was initially declared the House of Representatives member for Ojo Federal Constituency in Lagos State.
In place of Sowunmi, the three-member panel, led by Justice Abdullahi Ozegya, has proclaimed Lanre Ogunyemi, the candidate from the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the rightful victor of the election held on February 25, 2023.
Justice Ashu Ewah and Justice Muhammad Sambo are the other members of this panel.
Lanre Ogunyemi, a two-term state legislator and former secretary of the APC in Lagos, had lodged a challenge against the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of Sowunmi as the election winner.
Ogunyemi’s argument rested on the contention that the opposing candidate was not properly sponsored and qualified to participate in the elections under the Labour Party banner for Ojo Federal Constituency.
In delivering its verdict on the petition, the tribunal concurred with the petitioner’s assertion that the Labour Party candidate was ineligible to compete in the elections. Consequently, the tribunal ruled Sowunmi’s votes as wasted and determined that the second runner-up, Lanre Ogunyemi of the APC, should have rightfully been announced as the winner of the Ojo Federal Constituency seat.