Election Tribunal: Court Dismisses Petitions Against Oyo Federal Lawmakers
The Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal sitting at Iyaganku, Ibadan, has dismissed petitions against the election of three members of the House of Representatives from the state.
The three-man tribunal, on Friday dismissed all three petitions on grounds that the issues raised by the petitioners were pre-election matters.
In the first judgment, the tribunal Chairman Justice Denis Igyse, upheld the election of Olajide Olatunbosun of All Progressives Comgress (APC) for Atisbo/Saki West/Saki East Federal Constituency, after he dismissed the petition of Shittu Fowowe of the People’s Providence Congress (PPC) party.
The tribunal held that the issues brought before it for determination were all pre- election matters and therefore lacked merit.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the petitioners had joined INEC as co-defendants in the suit, challenging PPC’s alleged unlawful exclusion from participating in the election.
In the second judgment, read by one of its members, Justice Sikiru Owodunni, the tribunal also dismissed the petition No: EPT /OY/ HR/02/2019 brought by Adeboye Isaac of the PPC against Olajide Stanley of the PDP.