Youth Party files election petition at LG election tribunal
Youth Party and Mrs Tari Taylaur, it’s Councillorship Candidate Ward A, Eti Osa Local Government, in the local government election of 24th July, 2021, have on 17th of August 2021, filed an election petition at the Lagos State Local Government Election Tribunal to dispute the result declared in the election by LASIEC.
The petition was filed by the party’s counsel, Adeyemi Candide-Johnson, SAN, who is leading a team of lawyers to present our case for the cancellation of the discredited election.
Recall the election was marred by massive irregularities and substantial non-compliance with extant electoral laws. In at least 8 of the 16 Polling Units earmarked for the election, electoral officers and materials either did not turn up at all or got to polling units very late after most voters had left.
Furthermore, Candide-Johnson said about six polling units were illegally relocated to or around the royal palace in Ikate, which were inaccessible to intending voters.
The counsel noted that there was massive intimidation, with thugs visibly forcing voters to vote for the ruling Party in 3 polling units in Igbokusu. Not to mention the brazen multiple thumb printing by agents of the ruling Party.
“In summary, there was massive suppression of votes, intimidation, violence, and substantial non-compliance with the electoral laws. These irregularities contributed to the gigantic voters’ apathy and a lack of confidence in the electoral system observed during the polls. It is no surprise that the average turnout at the election was 2.5% of the registered voters. This poor conduct of the election is putting democracy in peril,” he added.
He continued: “Consequently, we have resolved to pursue this legal battle to the fullest extent of the law to retrieve the stolen mandate and restore confidence in the electoral process. We expect and trust that the judiciary, being the last hope of the common man, would step up and correct the charade of an election that LASIEC conducted in Ward A, Eti Osa Local Government, Lagos State, on Saturday 24th July 2021.”
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