The Lagos State Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting at Ikeja, has nullified the elections of two councilors elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The tribunal ordered the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) to withdraw the Certificates of Return issued to the two councilors because they were not validly elected during the July 22 local council polls.

The court ruled that Aderibigbe Imoleayo Oluwafemi and Olamoyegun Simeon Segun of the Accord Party were the duly elected councilors for Ward F and Ward H respectively in Odi- Olowo/ Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area.

Presenting the Certificates to the two Councillors, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Olumide Lawal, commended the leadership of the Accord Party, the councillors and their supporters.

Justice Phillips stated that the presentation of the certificates is in fulfillment of the pledge she made at various pre-election meetings that the commission would always uphold the rule of law.

The Chairman appealed to the new councilors to join hands with their colleagues to make life better for the people of their wards.

“If people who are elected to public office by the electorate actually diligently serve the citizenry, election management bodies including LASIEC, would have little or no cause to worry about voter apathy as many eligible voters would enthusiastically and willingly participate in the electoral process at National, State and Local Government levels,” she said.

She frowned at the attitude of some politicians who become elusive and inaccessible to the people once elected into office.


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