Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Elections tribunal: Bankole calls for fresh election

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dimeji Bankole, has called for the nullification of the election of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) member-elect from Abeokuta South federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Apostle Segun Williams.

Bankole had earlier conceded defeat in the election that saw to the emergence of Williams as the member-elect.
At the election petition tribunal, Bankole was challenging Williams, winner of the election, who polled 28,490, followed by Bankole, who polled 23,103 votes and Ogundimu Afolabi of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), who polled 3,924 votes.

The speaker, was challenging Williams’ victory, through a petition filed on his behalf by the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the election tribunal, in Abeokuta Ogun State.

In the petition, Bankole was seeking for an order directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the Abeokuta South federal constituency within 21 days.

Joined as respondent in the petition were the ACN, the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and its candidate for the National Assembly election, Afolabi.

The petition was filed by R.A. Oluyede of TRLP law firm in Lagos and also asked for an order barring the PPN and its candidate, Afolabi, from participating in the election.

The petition also prayed for a relief that Bankole be declared as having the highest number of vote cast in the April election to the House of Representatives and be returned as duly elected and a certificate of return be issued to him.

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