Lagos PDP to challenge appeal court verdict affirming Sanwo-Olu’s victory

Lagos PDP to challenge appeal court verdict affirming Sanwo-Olu's victory
Lagos PDP to challenge appeal court verdict affirming Sanwo-Olu's victory

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos says it is challenging the appeal court judgment that affirmed the victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state.

Hakeem Amode, the publicity secretary of the PDP in Lagos, in an interview with NAN on Monday, said the appeal court failed to do justice with the petition of the party.

BACKGROUND In March, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the Lagos governorship election.

Sanwo-Olu polled 762,134 votes to defeat his close challenger, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who scored 312,329 votes.

Abdulazeez Adediran, the PDP governorship candidate, popularly known as Jandor, came a distant third with 62,449 votes.

On September 25, the Lagos governorship election petition tribunal dismissed the case filed by Adediran seeking to nullify the victory of Sanwo-Olu at the poll.

Displeased with the verdict, on October 13, Jandor filed 34 grounds of appeal challenging the judgment of the tribunal.

On November 15, the court of appeal in Lagos dismissed the suit filed by Jandor. ‘WE’VE STRONG BELIEF IN SUPREME COURT’ During the interview, Amode said the PDP’s appeal will get to the apex court in the coming days.

We are challenging the ruling of the appeal court, affirming Sanwo-Olu as winner at the election. In a couple of days, our petitions will get to the supreme court,” he said.

Looking at some of the appeal court’s rulings, there have been so many inconsistencies in its stands on pre-election matters. “We, as a party, feel justice is yet to be served in our petitions against the outcome of the March 18 gubernatorial election in this state.

We have a strong belief in the supreme court to look at the crux of the matter and make a statement that will serve as precedent.

The party and our candidate are not deterred, we have reviewed the November 15 appeal court’s ruling and decided to pursue justice at the supreme court.”