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Labour’s national legal adviser Kehinde Edun has asserted that the party’s stakeholders and many of its supporters will not lose sleep over the nullification of Sei Sounmi, who represents Ojo federal constituency in Lagos state in the House of Commons. .
Edun clarified his party’s position on the issue in a chat with a correspondent on Friday, saying it had filed a formal appeal against the ruling.
Sounmi was dismissed Thursday by the parliamentary election petitions court in Lagos.
In a ruling handed down by a three-member panel led by Judge Abdullahi Ozegya, All Progressive Congress candidate Ranre Ogniemi was declared the duly elected candidate in the February 25 elections.
Other members of the panel included Justices Ash Ewa and Muhammad Sambo.
The situation comes after Mr. Ogniemi, a two-term state legislator and former secretary of the Lagos APC, challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of Mr. Sowunmi’s election winner on the grounds that he did not have formal sponsorship or qualifications. It started with chanting Labour’s platform challenges the polls in the Ojo federal constituency.
In its decision on the petition, the court also agreed with the petitioner that the LP candidate was ineligible to contest the election.
Therefore, the committee declared his vote was in vain and decided that Ogniemi in second place should have been declared the winner.
But the LP’s state legal adviser told a correspondent that the nullification does not mean that So Eun-mi should immediately vacate her office.
He said, “Under Nigerian law, if someone wins an election, that person stays in office until the final judgment in the Supreme Court. The court made the decision and we appealed. .
“The matter is being contested in the Court of Appeal, and those who lose at this point still have the option of going to the Supreme Court.
The lawyer also used the opportunity to accuse a party led by Ramidi Apapa of trying to misinterpret Thursday’s ruling of the Court of Appeals in Abuja.
Edun stressed that the restraining order against the faction of Julius Abre referred to is a temporary restraining order, even though no court in the country has authorized Apapa to represent the country’s president. did.
“First of all, Ramidi Apapa was never the Vice National Chairman of the Labor Party. He was just one of these presidents, and according to party statutes only the National Labor Code can fill vacancies if they arise.
“As for the restraining order against Abre, it was just an interim order.
“The interim order is to last up to 14 days. The order is currently being appealed to the Court of Appeals in Abuja.”
He added, “Therefore, it is the height of judicial cruelty and insubordination to say anything that prejudices matters before the Court of Appeal. Nor has it been declared as a party institution, Apapa is only illegally and illegally presenting itself as Acting Speaker of the State.
“LP is not a jungle, it’s a democratic platform with the rule of law. That’s why I said earlier that the restraining order issue is only temporary, subject to appeal. Apapa misunderstands the public.” I’m just letting you.”