IBADAN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Reactions have trailed the emergence of Thaddeus Attah as the Eti-Osa Federal Constituency seat winner in the House of Representatives.
Attah, the Labour Party candidate, defeated famous singer Bankole Wellington, aka Banky W of the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress’s Babajide, son of Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence, at the polls.
The ten-over-ten singer and husband to famous actress Adesua Etomi was contesting for the third time for a seat in the House of Representatives.
Unfortunately, he lost a second time since he began his political career.
Funmilayo Odukoya, the INEC Returning Officer, declared Mr. Attah the winner on Sunday at the Collation Centre, Lagos State Model Nursery and Primary School, Marwa, Lekki 1.
“That Thaddeus Attah of LP, having satisfied the law requirement, is now declared the winner and is returned elected, signed by me. Thank you so much,” she said.
Attah won with 24,075 votes, beating his counterparts Banky W who had 18,666 votes, and Obanikoro, who had 16, 901 votes.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), before INEC announced the results, the party agents and INEC officials disagreed over the authenticity of the results even before the presiding officer declared.
APC and PDP representatives refused to accept the results announcement unless their complaints were addressed.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the PDP agent, Aderemi Adeshina, claimed that some voters were disenfranchised in some polling units in the LGA.
Adeshina also claimed that results recorded in some units after the elections were not transmitted through the BVAS machine.
Banky W’s fans were shocked at the election outcome and attributed his loss to not joining the Labour Party.
A tweep @awodunteju said: “I have mixed feelings about this. First I’m sad he lost cos he sold fresh ideas and looks like he would perform better than the LP guy.
“I am happy he lost cos his colleagues in the entertainment industry played a key role in his loss. They all voted LP based on emotions.”
“Well I feel for him, but he should have contested under labor party, knowing youth will only vote for labor party, without even knowing the contestant,” @hotcreamy2 weighed in.
@ThePsalms_NG, who spared a thought on the report, said: “feel so sorry for Banky W, man had put in too much work to lose again this time.”
“People voted with sentiment in Eti-osa….Banky would have won if not for hatred and bitterness for APC in Lagos….. congratulations to the winner,” @MrAkinto tweeted.