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Appeal Court Strikes Out Suit Against Lagos Dep Speaker

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 9:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan  – Lagos


The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Monday struck out an appeal challenging the election of Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Wasiu Eshilokun, as lawmaker representing Lagos Island Constituency 1.

Eshilokun, a former Lagos State Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), had emerged the candidate of the party for the 2015 general election, but his name was substituted with that of Hakeem Masha, the lawmaker that represented the constituency between 2011 and 2015.

Eshilokun had polled 186 votes to beat seven other candidates in the primary election conducted by the APC to select a candidate for Lagos Island Constituency 1.

However, he was substituted with Masha, who polled 70 votes, thus forcing the applicant (Eshilokun) to file a suit before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Justice Buba, had in his judgement, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Eshilokun as the candidate of the party, saying the evidence before him showed clearly that he (Eshilokun) won the APC primary, and that same was not controverted.

Dissatisfied, Masha, through his lawyer, Badejo Bonojo (SAN), appealed the verdict, and urged the appellate court to upturn it.

When the matter came up on Monday, Masha’s lawyer informed the panel of Appeal Court justices headed by Justice Ndukwe Anyanwun that his client was not willing to proceed with the appeal.

He then moved an application to withdraw the suit.

In response, Eshilokun’s lawyer, Wahab Shittu said he was not opposed to the move for the appellant to withdraw the appeal, after which Justice Anyanwun struck out the appeal.