- The ruling APC has again defeated its rival, the PDP, in Lagos state
- Senator Tokunbo Abiru was once again declared a valid winner of the Lagos East by-election
- In its ruling on Thursday, April 29, the appellate court held that the suit filed by the PDP's candidate, Babatunde Gbadamosi, was lacking in merit
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adetokunbo Abiru, has finally silenced his challenger and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Babatunde Gbadamosi, during the last senatorial bye-election in Lagos East.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Thursday, April 29, dismissed the PDP’s suit which sought to disqualify Abiru from continuing to represent Lagos East senatorial district at the Senate.
Legit.ng gathered that a three-man panel of the court affirmed the March 1, 2021, decision of Justice Chukwuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos which dismissed Gbadamosi and the PDP’s suit for lacking in merit.
Gbadamosi and his party, however, challenged Abiru’s eligibility to contest the election.
They sought to disqualify Abiru on the ground of double voter registration, residency, indigeneship and violation of section 31 of the Electoral Act.
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) led other lawyers for the appellants, Gbadamosi and the PDP.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Abiru visited the leader of the ruling party, Bola Tinubu after he was declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was reported that Abiru claimed a landslide victory over his PDP opponent in all the local government areas: Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Kosofe, Shomolu, and Ikorodu.
In a related report, the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, swore in Chukwuma Frank Ibezim as the APC member elected to represent the Imo-North senatorial district.
A spokesperson for Lawan, Ezrel Tabiowo, in a statement sent to Legit.ng disclosed that Ibezim took the oath of office at exactly 11.02 am during the start of plenary on Tuesday, April 27.
The new senator was inducted into the House following a ruling from the Supreme Court that declared him as the winner of the Imo North senatorial district bye-election.