The Appeal Tribunal hearing cases on the Lagos local government election has declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Councillorship candidate for Oriade Ward A, Kirikiri, Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mustapha Olanrewaju, as winner of the election in the ward.
The Tribunal also ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Onyeahasi Omolabake, to cease parading herself as councillor for the ward.
The chairman of the five-man appeal tribunal, Justice Morenike Obadina, in the judgement delivered at the Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, ordered the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to issue a Certificate of Return to Olanrewaju.
In compliance with the tribunal’s directives, the LASIEC Chairman, Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retd), issued a Certificate of Return to the PDP candidate.
Ayotunde, who was represented by a LASIEC Commissioner, Olusegun Ayedun, commended the candidate and his party for not resorting to violence but exploring the instrumentality of the law to reclaim his mandate.
During the presentation held at LASIEC headquarters in Yaba axis, she urged Olanrewaju to work relentlessly for the common good of the people so as to justify the confidence reposed on him by the electorate and to also be magnanimous in victory.
The chairman, meanwhile, stressed that the Commission as a law-abiding Organisation would continue to stand by the dictate of the law in carrying out its statutory responsibility.
A statement released by the Head of Public Affairs for LASIEC, Tope Ojo, the chairman stated that the certificate earlier issued to Onyeahasi has been withdrawn and rendered invalid.