The hopes of former Speaker, Hon Saburi Oladimeji Bankole to return to the House of Representatives were on Monday dashed as the National and State House of Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta dismissed his petition.
The former Speaker had approached the tribunal on April 29, in suit NO.EPT/OG/FH/02/201 to challenge the outcome of the April 9 National Assembly Election in Abeokuta South Federal Constituency.
Honourable Bankole told the court that he and not his opponent, Hon Segun Williams polled majority of lawful votes cast. He therefore objected to the declaration of Hon. Segun Williams of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as the winner of the election.
His counsel, Adedayo Adegbile, while asking the Tribunal to declare Bankole winner disclosed that over 5000 voters were disenfranchised in many polling units.
He also stated that there were unlawful substitutions of candidates before the election, and also alleged that there were irregularities during the election that favor the candidate of ACN.
Counsel to ACN, Mr. George Oyeniyi however refuted the claims of the plaintiff, declaring it frivolous and with no any legal backing. He therefore urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition.
Justice Micheal Obi, who read the judgment, said that the petitioner had failed to prove the allegations beyond doubt. He said it was the opinion of the tribunal that the defendant won the majority lawful votes cast.
The tribunal therefore declared Hon. Williams winner of the election and subsequently dismissed the petition filed by Hon Bankole.