Victory for Sanwo-Olu as tribunal dismisses petitions against re-election
CITIZENS COMPASS -Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday, dismissed two petitions filed against the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
The three-man tribunal headed by Justice Arum Ashom dismissed petitions filed by Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and All People’s Party (APP) following their withdrawal by the parties.
The sum effect of what the petitioners said is that the petitions are withdrawn. The respondents have filed an affidavit of non-collision and did not object,” Ashom said.
Counsel to the two parties, Messrs Henry Bello and Francis Ese, respectively, had told the tribunal that their clients decided to withdraw the petitions.
The other members of the tribunal are Justice Mikail Abdullahi and Justice Igho Braimoh.
The other respondents to the two petitions are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
APM counsel, Bello, had informed the tribunal that the motion for the withdrawal of the petitions against Sanwo-Olu was predicated on four grounds and supported by two affidavits sworn to by the party’s National Chairman, Mr Yusuf Dantalle.
” Our candidate has lost interest in the petition and has proceeded to congratulate the second respondent,” Bello said.
Counsel to APP, Ese, also told the tribunal that he had the directive of the Chairman of the party, Chief Okey Nwosu, to withdraw the petition against the governor-elect.
INEC counsel, Mr John Baiyeshe (SAN), did not oppose the motions.
Baiyeshe urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions.
Counsel to Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat, Mr Ayuba Kawu, and APC counsel, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko, also did not oppose the motions but also urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions against the Lagos governor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the parties had argued in their separate petitions that Sanwo-Olu and his deputy were not qualified to contest the election and that INEC failed to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the 1999 Constitution.