The National Assembly and State Houses Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Lagos State has upheld the election of the Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Kunaza Hamidu, ruled that the petition filed by Adesunbo Onitiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the election of Senator Tinubu did not establish any prima facie case against her.
“The petition lacks merit and is hereby dismissed. The declaration of Senator Oluremi Tinubu by INEC as winner of February 23 National Assembly election is hereby affirmed,” the tribunal declared.
Onitiri, who challenged the result of the Lagos Central Senatorial District election for alleged irregularities said INEC wrongly declared Senator Tinubu as the winner of the polls with 131,725 votes, while he was said to have scored 89,107 votes.
He claimed that the INEC ought to have declared him (Onitiri) the winner of the election instead of Senator Tinubu, claiming that he scored the highest lawful votes cast in the election.
In a petition filed before the tribunal on his behalf by his counsel, Onome Akpeneye, the PDP candidate alleged that the results declared by the INEC was fraught with vote-buying, violence, over-voting, inducement of voters with monetary and material gains, campaigning and lobbying voters on the day of election.
The APC and Independent National Election Commission (INEC) are second and third respondents.