The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State on Saturday dismissed a petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ademola Omotosho against Hon.
Olaide Akinremi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Ibadan North Federal constituency in February 23 general elections.
The tribunal also dismissed petition filled by Mr. Mogbonjubola Olawale of PDP in Oluyole Federal Constituency against Tolulope Sadipe and a petition filed by Professor Joseph Adeniyi Olowofela of the APC against Oluyemi Taiwo in Ibarapa-East/ Ido federal constituency.
In different judgement read by the three-man panel of the tribunal which has Justice Anthony Akpovi as Chairman, Justice Sambo Daka and Justice Chinyere Ani as members of the panel unanimously dismissed the petition.
The petitioners were contesting that the elections were marred by malpractices, failed to comply with the provision of electoral Act and the respondents did not win by the required number of valid votes.
The petitioners wanted the order of the tribunal to declare them winners or in the alternative nullified the elections.
In the judgments read by each of members of the panel, the tribunal held that the petitions lack merit and therefore awarded a cost of N150,000 each against the petitioners.
The tribunal further held that no election conducted in the world without minor error and that the petitioners failed to prove that the substantial non-compliance affected the outcome of the election.
The panel further said that the petitioners failed to tender necessary documents and witnesses to defend their petition, adding that the burden to prove that the election failed to comply with the provision of the electoral Act lied against the petitioner.