Tensions rise as tribunal prepares to announce verdict on LP and PDP petitions in Lagos guber

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admin September 25, 2023
Updated 2023/09/25 at 10:40 AM

Today, the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Lagos State will announce its decision on the petitions brought before it by opposition political parties.

These parties, including the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party, contest the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The petitions seek to overturn Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the March 18 election, where he was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Governor successfully secured his second term in a sweeping victory, triumphing over Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party, who came in second place.

Sanwo-Olu garnered an impressive 762,134 votes, surpassing Rhodes-Vivour’s 312,329 votes. Jide Adediran (Jandor) of the PDP trailed significantly behind in third place, receiving only 62,449 votes.

However, the LP, PDP and their respective candidates were unhappy with the election results and decided to challenge the outcome in court. They claimed that the election was tainted by various irregularities, which they believed rendered it invalid.

The Labour Party alleged that numerous voters were unable to participate due to outbreaks of violence in several areas of the State. Additionally, they accused the ruling party of engaging in other forms of electoral misconduct, such as over voting and vote suppression.

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Lagos is scheduled to deliver its judgment on Monday regarding the lawsuits against Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s election.

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party and Olajide Adediran of the Peoples Democratic Party are challenging Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the March 18 governorship election.

The Justice Arum Ashom-led panel informed the parties about this decision on Saturday. On August 12, lawyers involved in the petitions presented their final written arguments before the tribunal.

Sanwo-Olu, representing the All Progressives Congress, emerged as the winner of the election with a large margin, defeating Rhodes-Vivour and Adediran.

Today, the tribunal received the lawyers’ final written addresses in the petitions on August 12. The Justice Arum Ashom-led panel then announced over the weekend that the judgement would be delivered today, Monday.

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