The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Oyo State on Saturday has dismissed petition filed by two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one by All Progressives Congress (APC) in their various Federal Constituencies.
The petition by the candidate of the PDP, Ademola Omotosho against Hon. Olaide Akinremi of the APC representing Ibadan North Federal constituency in February 23 general elections was dismissed.
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 petitions.
The petitioners went to the tribunal on the grounds that the elections were marred by malpractices and irregularities, and failed to comply with the provision of electoral Act and that the respondents did not win by the required number of valid votes.
The petitioners seek the tribunal order to declare them winners or in the alternative nullified the elections, but the tribunal dismissed the petition for lack of merit.
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.