The Labour Party in Lagos claimed that the victories of Mr. Okey-Joe Onuakalusi and Mr. Wande George, who represented the Oshodi-Isolo II and Amuwo-Odofin Federal Constituencies, respectively, at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, confirmed the party’s conviction that the judiciary could still administer justice without fear or favour.
The decisions rendered by the National and State Assembly Petition Tribunal, in which the member representing Ojo Federal Constituency was dismissed and the claim of Lagos Central Senatorial Candidate was rejected, were met with shock and disappointment by this party.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, PEPT, will issue its ruling today, and the LP urged its members and supporters to remain upbeat in a statement released by the publicity secretary, Mrs. Olubunmi Odesanya, on Tuesday evening.
The statement said: “It is our strong belief that our Nation, Nigeria, can still be salvaged with the right people in the right institutions. We at Labour Party commend the Tribunal judges for dispensing this fair and truthful judgement. In view of this, we urge the judges at the PEPT to toe the line of their colleagues in Lagos as they set to deliver judgement on Wednesday September 6th, 2023. This is an enormous responsibility in their hands and we urge them deliver justice in the interest of Nigeria not self.
“Furthermore, LP in Lagos State received with rude shock and sadness the judgements delivered by the Tribunal wherein in our sitting House of Representatives member for Ojo Federal Constituency was sacked and the plea of our Lagos Central Senatorial candidates were thrown out based on matters we feel are pre-election issues. We thank God that the Tribunal is not the final court of arbitration in these matters.
“We, are also in solidarity with our governorship candidate and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour whose victory at the Tribunal the party expects when judgement is delivered in the petition. We reiterate our hope, trust and confidence in the Nigerian judiciary for a truly strong democracy that will usher in the new Nigeria we all hope for and desire.”