BREAKING: Tribunal affirms Sanwo-Olu’s election - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, September 25, 2023

BREAKING: Tribunal affirms Sanwo-Olu’s election

The Lagos State Governorship Election Tribunal on Monday struck out an application by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Abdulazeez Adediran (a.k.a. Jandor), seeking a declaration that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was not qualified for the March 18 governorship poll.

Adediran had contended that Sanwo-Olu was wrongfully nominated and sponsored by his party, the All Progressives Party, APC, and, therefore, was not qualified for the election.

However, Justice Mikail Abdullahi, while reading the tribunal’s decision on the matter, held that the issues raised in the application did not form part of the grounds for disqualification for election into the office of a governor, under sections 177 and 182 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

The tribunal also declared that it had no powers to inquire into the primary election of the APC which produced Sanwo-Olu, adding that the issue was a pre-election matter which did not fall under its jurisdiction.

“Only an aspirant or member of a political party can complain about the outcome of the party’s primary election, not a busybody like the petitioner,” Justice Abdullahi held.

The decision formed part of the judgement delivered in Adediran’s petition against the election of Sanwo-Olu as Lagos State Governor.

The tribunal also held that the ticket of Sanwo-Olu and that of his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, were one and inseparable.

The tribunal held that the issue had been resolved in a number of cases.

According to the tribunal, Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat were not required to pay separate security deposits.

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