Hon. James Faleke
Hon. James Faleke

PDP Withdraws Suit Challenging APC Candidate’s Victory At Tribunal

Eniola Awokoya

An Ikeja Election Petitions Tribunal sitting on Friday has struck out a suit challenging the victory of Hon. James Faleke, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Kunaza Hamidu, struck out the application, following a motion filed by the petitioner, Mr Mutiu Okunola, to withdraw the petition.

Okunlola was a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, who ran against Faleke at the February 23 election.

He had raised a petition against Faleke, the All Progressives Congress APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), asking the tribunal to declare him winner of the election.

During proceedings, Okunola’s Counsel, Mr Owoyemi Ibrahim, informed the tribunal that Okunola had decided to withdraw the petition he filed against the respondents.

Ibrahim told the three-man panel that in withdrawing the petition, Ibrahim filed a motion pursuant to Section 145 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2010, alongside an 11- paragraph affidavit which was deposed by Okunola, the petitioner.

He, therefore, urged the tribunal to grant the prayers contained in the motion and withdraw the petition filed against all the respondents.

Responding, Mr Kolawole Salami, Counsel to Faleke and Mr Ademola Adefolaju, Counsel to the APC, told the tribunal that they would not oppose the petitioner’s motion to withdraw.

Salami and Adefolaju also informed the tribunal that their clients had filed a nine-paragraph affidavit in response to the petitioner’s motion.

Counsel to INEC, Mr Z. S. Makinde, also informed the court that INEC would not be opposing the motion.

Following the submissions of counsel, Hamidu said: “Having read through the petitioner’s motion dated and filed on May 30, with the affidavit and written address and having gone through the first and second respondents’ affidavits, leave is granted to the petitioner to withdraw his motion. Consequently, petitioner’s petition against all the respondents is hereby struck out.”

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