In a significant legal development, the Appeal Court in Lagos has unanimously dismissed the appeal lodged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Olajide Adediran. The appeal sought to challenge the declaration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the March 18 governorship election in Lagos State.
The three-man panel, concurring with the earlier decision of the Lagos State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on September 25, affirmed the victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu. The panel asserted that the appellants, the PDP and Adediran, failed to substantiate their claims of forgery and non-qualification against Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.
The justices emphasized that, despite pre-election matters, the appellants could not substantiate their allegations, stating, “Even though they were all pre-election matters, the appellants (PDP and Adeniran) still failed to prove them. The appellants came empty-handed and left empty-handed. They merely enjoyed their day in court. Their petition is dismissed.”
This ruling further solidifies Sanwo-Olu’s position as the legitimately elected governor of Lagos State. The legal journey, which began with the election and continued through the Tribunal and now the Appeal Court, affirms the integrity of the state’s electoral process.
As the political landscape reacts to this development, it raises questions about the resilience of democratic institutions and the adherence to legal processes in resolving electoral disputes. Stay tuned for further updates and analyses as the aftermath of this ruling unfolds.
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