Gba­jabi­amila’s vic­tory: La­gos to drag tri­bunal to NJC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The La­gos State chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has said it sus­pected that the Na­tional Assem­bly Elec­tions Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal was com­pro­mised and vowed to re­port the panel to the Na­tional Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion (NJC).

The party spoke fol­low­ing last Fri­day’s af­fir­ma­tion of the elec­tion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ma­jor­ity leader, Hon. Femi Gba­jabi­amila, as the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Su­rulere 2 Fed­eral con­stituency of the state.

Jus­tice C.U An­wuka-led three-man tri­bunal had dis­missed the pe­ti­tion of the can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Mr. Tony Ashikodi, for want of ev­i­dence.

Be­sides, the gov­er­nor­ship pe­ti­tion that was dis­missed by the tri­bunal and court of ap­peal, pe­ti­tions of the party in re­spect of the Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions have suf­fered sim­i­lar fate in re­cent times.

Speak­ing with our cor­re­spon­dent on the out­come of pe­ti­tion against Gba­jabi­amila, the party’s Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Taofiq Gani, de­scribed the out­come as a mis­car­riage of jus­tice.

He said the party would not stop at ap­peal­ing the judg­ment, but it would re­fer the var­i­ous pan­els han­dling elec­tion pe­ti­tions in La­gos to the NJC, ow­ing to sus­pi­cion of com­pro­mise.

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