The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lauded the Court of Appeal’s decision, upholding his win in the March 18 governorship election. The dismissal of petitions from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party validates the free choice of Lagosians, according to Sanwo-Olu. He expressed gratitude and humility, emphasizing his commitment to governing for all Lagos residents, irrespective of political affiliations.
“I wholeheartedly welcome the Court of Appeal’s decision, reflecting the choice of Lagosians who elected my deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and me. We cherish this mandate,” Sanwo-Olu stated. He reiterated faith in the judicial system and emphasised the readiness of his administration to deliver on their THEMES+ development agenda.
The court’s unanimous decision affirmed the victory of Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, dismissing claims against their qualification to contest. The court emphasised the failure of the petitioners to substantiate allegations, underscoring the lack of evidence to prove allegations against Hamzat’s citizenship status. This reaffirms the validity of the election outcome.
Meanwhile, the PDP has expressed its intention to review the judgement while affirming its commitment to democratic principles. Alhaji Hakeem Amode, the party’s Publicity Secretary, indicated a meticulous assessment of the Court of Appeal’s ruling, emphasising adherence to legal processes in pursuing their case.
The PDP had earlier contested the verdict of the election tribunal, filing appeals against Sanwo-Olu’s victory. However, the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of the PDP’s contentions signifies another legal hurdle for the opposition party.
This ruling solidifies Governor Sanwo-Olu’s position, marking a continuation of his administration’s governance agenda in Lagos State.