JUST IN: The court upholds Sanwo-Olu’s election as Lagos governor and rejects LP’s petition.


The ruling of the tribunal, which validated Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat’s reappointment as Lagos State’s governor and deputy governor, was upheld by the Court of Appeal in Lagos.

According to Channels TV, Sanwo-Olu was proclaimed the winner of the Lagos governorship race by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in March.

Sanwo-Olu defeated Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who received 312,329 votes, with a total of 762,134 votes. PDP candidate for governor Abdulazeez Adediran received 62,449 votes, placing him in a distant third place.

The PDP and LP candidates, dissatisfied, filed a petition with the Lagos State Election Petitions Tribunal to have Sanwo-Olu’s victory declared void.

On September 25, the tribunal dismissed a lawsuit filed by Adediran and Rhodes-Vivour to overturn Sanwo-Olu’s election victory.

Disappointed with the decision, Jandor submitted 34 grounds of appeal against the tribunal’s ruling on October 13.

The complaint brought by the Labour Party’s candidate for governor was dismissed by the appellate court on Wednesday due to its lack of merit.

The three-member panel, chaired by Justice Yargata Nimpa, unanimously upheld Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat’s positions as Lagos State’s governor and deputy governor, respectively.

Justice Paul Bassey and Justice Samuel Bola make up the other two members on the panel.

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