The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, on Saturday, affirmed the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
It was learned that the five-man panel, in two separate judgments, upheld Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the March 9 poll. It also dismissed the appeal by the governorship candidates of the Labour Party (LP) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).
In both judgments, the appeal court upheld the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal. It also said the appellants failed to prove that Sanwo-Olu was not competent to contest the March 9 governorship poll by virtue of his alleged mental incompetence. It said the tribunal had observed that no evidence was placed before it to prove Sanwo-Olu’s alleged mental incompetence.
The court said the appellants could not prove the allegation of collusion and assault against officers of the Nigerian Army. It also noted that that the appellants did not provide sufficient proof of electoral malpractice at the polling units against the respondents.
The court ordered the appellants to pay a cost of N200,000 to six of the seven respondents in both appeals. The costs will be a total of N2.4million.
Justice Hannatu Sankey, while reading the lead judgement in the appeal by the LP, said the appeal lacked merit and hence dismissed it.
“I hereby uphold the judgment of the Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal,” she said.
Victor Okpara, counsel to Sanwo-Olu and the APC also thanked the bench for the judgment.
Reacting, Bola Aidi, counsel to the LP said he was grateful for the judgment.
Justice Ayobode Shodipe while reading the lead judgement in the AD appeal, said the appeal lacked merit and dismissed it.
“The seven issues of the appellant are hereby resolved against him,” he said.
Counsels to Sanwo-Olu and APC in their reactio thanked the court for the ruling.