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by Victor Ndubuisi
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Seyi Sowunmi, a Labour Party (LP) member representing Ojo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has returned his seat after the Appeal Court overturned the Tribunal’s decision that annulled his victory.

The appellate court dismissed the action brought before it by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Lanre Ogunyemi, stating that Sowunmi was not officially sponsored and eligible to contest the elections using the LP platform for the Ojo Federal Constituency.

The Appeal Court upheld the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ruling that Sowunmi had won the National Assembly election earlier this year.

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In a statement, Sowunmi described the ruling as a watershed moment, reflecting the unwavering and overwhelming support he received during the February 25th election.

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The Labour Party federal lawmaker said: “On this remarkable Thursday, 19 October 2023, following an exhaustive and impartial examination of the electoral process by the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, the court affirmed my declaration and return as the winner of the National Assembly election for the office of House of Representatives for Ojo Federal Constituency of Lagos.

“In affirming my election, the Court of Appeal, Lagos, set aside the perverse judgment of the tribunal delivered on 24 August 2023. This landmark victory vividly reflects the unwavering and overwhelming support bestowed upon me by the good people of Ojo Federal Constituency in Lagos State.

“The impartiality and dedication to transparency exhibited by the Court of Appeal stand as a testament to the prevailing will of the people. This resounding victory is a shared achievement, encompassing the voices of every person in Ojo who exercised their democratic rights by participating in the electoral process. Your votes have spoken, and your voices have been heard. Today, democracy speaks, and its voice is resounding loud and clear.

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“As we embark upon this new chapter of qualitative representation of our good people, the commitments I articulated during the campaign were not mere words; they serve as the guiding principles that will illuminate my tenure. This victory signifies a trust placed in me, and I am resolute in my determination to transform that trust into tangible advancements for our dear constituency.

“Looking ahead, I extend a heartfelt appeal to every resident of the Ojo federal constituency. Let us unite in pursuit of our common goals and shared vision. Integrity, accountability, and transparency will be the cornerstones upon which we construct a constituency that flourishes through progress and inclusiveness.”

 

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