The National Assembly and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, has struck out a go well with filed by the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) difficult the victory of Senator Adetokunbo Abiru within the December 2020 Lagos East senatorial district ballot.
In a ruling delivered on Tuesday, Justice Bassey Ikpeme who chaired the three-man panel struck out the petition after an utility by the APM and its candidate, Olusola Babatope, to withdraw their petition.
The different two members of the panel had been Justice Mohammed Abubakar and Justice M.M. Odanya.
Both petitioners had approached the Tribunal to nullify Abiru’s victory which was declared by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).
Apart from third defendant Abiru, his occasion – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – and INEC, had been listed as the primary and second respondents within the petition.
The Tribunal had fastened February 23 to listen to the APC and INEC’s objections to the petition by APM and Babatope.
However, the petitioners didn’t file any response to the respondent’s objections.
Rather, having appraised the respondents’ defence to their petition, they filed an utility searching for to withdraw it.
Abiru’s counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kemi Pinheiro, confirmed receipt of the petitioners’ utility to withdraw the go well with.
He additionally knowledgeable the Tribunal that below Paragraph 30 of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as Amended), Abiru had filed the affidavit required and wouldn’t be against the applying.
The APC’s counsel, Abiodun Owonikoko, who can be a SAN, and INEC confirmed receipt of the petitioner’s utility to withdraw.
The Tribunal heard and granted the APM and Babatope’s utility to withdraw their petition and subsequently struck out the petition.