Appeal Court upholds Sanwo-Olu’s election as Lagos governor

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Appeal Court sitting in Lagos has affirmed the tribunal’s verdict on the re-election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Lagos State respectively.

The judgment was delivered by a three-man panel – Justice Yargata Nimpa, Justice Samuel Bola, and Justice Paul Bassey, on Wednesday.

The court unanimously dismissed the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the March 18, 2023, governorship election in the state for lack of merit.

Meanwhile, the Appeal Court has also dismissed the appeal filed by the Labour Party and its governorship, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, challenging the re-election of Sanwo-Olu and his deputy.

The justices had on November 7, 2023, reserved the judgment of the Labour Party and its governorship candidate Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, and governorship candidate of the PDP, Azeez Adediran, challenging the March 18, 2023, governorship election.

Labour Party’s lawyer, Olagbade Benson, urged the court to allow the appeal to set aside the decision of the tribunal and grant the reliefs sought.

He urged the court to interpret Section 182 (1) (a) of the Constitution and its implication to the qualification of 2nd and 3rd respondents.

Rhodes-Vivour had on October 7, 2023, filed 21 grounds of appeal challenging the decision of the State Governorship Tribunal which upheld Sanwo-Olu’s reelection.