The Labour Party (LP) in Ondo State and its candidate, Badmus Ademuyiwa, have withdrawn their petition against Mr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the House of Representatives in the Akoko North-East and North-West Federal Constituency, which they had filed with the Election Petition Tribunal in Akure.
Following the withdrawal of the petitions, the three-member election petition tribunal rejected the case following Article 29 of the modified 2022 Electoral Act, declaring that the petition had been completely withdrawn and dismissed.
The LP and its candidate petitioned INEC, the APC, and Mr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo as respondents over the omission of the party’s emblem on the ballot paper during the election. They demanded that a new election be held in the federal constituency.
Through its attorney, Femi Emodamori, the party withdrew its case from the Election Case Tribunal, stating that the petitioners/applicants had decided to give up.
According to Emodamori, “The 1st Applicant’s decision in this regard is based on the fact that the 2nd Applicant’s withdrawal would leave her with no utilitarian value in pursuing the petition since she can no longer replace/substitute the 2nd Applicant as her candidate, even if the petition eventually succeeds.”
Speaking on behalf of Mr. Tunji-Ojo, an APC leader named Mr. Olumuyiwa Asagunla said: “I am happy about the historic decision of the petitioners to withdraw the case. It is an achievement not just for Mr. Tunji-Ojo but also for the Ondo State APC family and an achievement of peace and steady development in the entire Akoko North Federal Constituency. Mr. Tunji-Ojo is currently able to do his legislative responsibilities.
The LP candidate claimed that withdrawing the petition was in the best interests of his neighborhood and the peace.