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Tribunal strikes out LP petition challenging APC candidate victory

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Tribunal strikes out LP petition challenging APC candidate victory

The Labour Party in Ondo State and its candidate in the Ilaje/ Ese Odo Federal Constituency, Mr Tunji Balogun, Thursday, withdrew their petition challenging the declaration of Mr Donald Ojogo as winner.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Ojogo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the February 25 National Assembly election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that also joined as respondents in the petition were APC and INEC.

Mr Omolegbon Odusola, counsel to Balogun and LP, however, filed an application for the withdrawal of the petition, which was supported with a four-paragraph affidavit.

Odusola during resumption of sitting of the tribunal urged it to grant his application by striking out the petition.

Counsel to the respondents, Mr Kizito Duru, Mr Henry Akingbesote and Mr Kehinde Aladejutire respectively, did not oppose the application.

Ruling on the application, the Tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Rose Soji, said that the applicants had a right to withdraw the petition and since the respondents were not opposed to the application, it was thus granted.

She, therefore, struck out the petition as prayed by the petitioners.

Doris Israel Ijeoma is a journalist with special interest in politics, entertainment, tech and digital marketing. For inquiries, you can reach her via 09076290172.

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