On Monday (today), the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will issue its ruling on the cases filed before it by opposition political parties contesting the reelection of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
According to DAILY POST, applications were submitted to the court by the Labour Party and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, its candidate for governor, and the Peoples Democratic Party and Olajide Adediran, also known as Jandor. The petitions sought to overturn Sanwo-Olu’s win in the March 18 election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the gubernatorial election, after scoring the highest votes.
The Governor, who ran for re-election for a second term, easily defeated Labour Party candidate Rhodes-Vivour to win the election.
Sanwo-Olu received 762,134 votes, defeating Rhodes-Vivour, who received 312,329 votes. PDP candidate Jide Adediran (Jandor), who received 62,449 votes, finished in a distant third place.
Unhappy with the election’s results, the LP, the PDP, and their candidates petitioned the court to throw out the vote due to what they said were irregularities that tainted the process.
The Labour Party claims that thousands of electorates lost their right to vote as a result of the state-wide outbreak of violence.
They further alleged that the ruling party had engaged in vote suppression and other election fraud.
The petitioners’ attorneys adopted their final written submissions to the tribunal on August 12.
Subsequently, the Justice Arum Ashom-led panel communicated at the weekend that the judgment would be delivered on Monday (today).