THE National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, which is in session at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos has declared invalid the return of Thaddeus Atta of the Labour Party as the legally elected representative for the Eti Osa Federal Constituency.
According to the tribunal’s lead judgment, which was handed down late yesterday night, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must hold a second election in 33 polling units where polls did not take place within the next 90 days.
Atta responded to the decision this morning, in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying there was no cause for concern while emphasizing that the court had not “sacked” him.
“The Tribunal has simply ordered a re-run (supplementary election) in the 32 polling units where elections did not hold. We will continue working for Etiosa. I urge constituents to keep calm as we are unshaken. We will get through this together,” he said.
Recall that both Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro (IBO) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Bankole Wellington (Banky W) of the PDP, who finished second in the polls, filed petitions to contest the February 25 elections.
Atta, who polled 24,075 votes, was proclaimed the winner of that election by INEC, with Banky W following him with 18,668 votes and IBO receiving 16,901 votes.