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Just in: Appeal Court affirms Sanwo-Olu’s election as governor of Lagos



The Appeal Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed an appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 governorship election, Olajide Adediran challenging the tribunal ruling that upheld the election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as Governor of Lagos State.

Justice Yargata Nimpa, who led the panel of three Justices delivered the ruling on Wednesday saying the appealants failed to prove all the allegations including that of certificate forgery against Sanwo-Olu.

The other members of the panel; Justices Samuel Bola and Paul Bassey both concurred with the lead judgement in resolving all the matters against the appellants.

The court also dismissed the appeal by the Labour candidate in the election, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour seeking to upturn the ruling of the tribunal which upheld Sanwo-Olu’s election in a ruling on September 25, 2023.

Rhodes-Vivour had based his appeal on the ground that the 3rd respondent, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, was not qualified to be nominated as the deputy to Sanwo-Olu based on an allegation of his renunciation of his Nigerian citizenship, a claim which the court declared as lacking in merit owing to lack of evidence.

The ruling in the Labour Party’s case was delivered by Justice Samuel Bola and the two other justices; Yargata Nimpa and Paul Bassey also concurred with it by dismissing the appeal against Sanwo-Olu and his deputy.

The deputy governor praised the Justices for the thorough job done to arrive at their decision in an interview with journalists shortly after the ruling was delivered.