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Court of Appeal sets up tribunals for Lagos, Oyo by-elections

The tribunal secretary, Ibrahim Usman, stated in Ibadan on Monday that the panel would sit at Roseline Omotosho Court House, Ikeja.

• February 5, 2024
Fuad Laguda
Fuad Laguda [Credit; NAN]

President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has constituted a tribunal to hear petitions on Saturday’s by-elections in Surulere federal constituency I, Lagos and Saki West constituency in Oyo.

The tribunal secretary, Ibrahim Usman, stated in Ibadan on Monday that the panel would sit at Roseline Omotosho Court House, Ikeja.

“For any enquiry, members of the public are advised to contact the tribunal’s registry at the aforementioned venue,’’ he stated.

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Fuad Laguda, defeated his two major rivals to win the by-election.

While Mr Laguda polled 11,203 votes, his closest contenders, Adeola Damilola of the Labour Party, scored 240 votes, and Afemighie Jerry of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 278 votes.

Mr Laguda, the 46-year-old former chairman of Surulere LGA, replaces Femi Gbajabiamila, former speaker of the House of Representatives and now chief of staff to President Bola Tinubu.

In Oyo, APC’s candidate for the Saki West constituency, Ibrahim Shittu, won Saturday’s by-election.

The Court of Appeal had sacked Shittu, the declared winner of the seat at the March 18, 2023, general elections and ordered a rerun in two units of the constituency.

At the end of the rerun on Saturday, Mr Shittu polled 13,850 votes, while his closest challenger, Julius Okedoyin of the PDP, had 13,670 votes. 


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