Breaking: S’Court affirms Sanwo-Olu, Bala Mohammed’s elections as Lagos, Bauchi governors
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal by the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) on March 18, 2023, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour challenged the election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governor of Lagos State.
The unanimous judgment of the eight-member panel of Justices of the apex court prepared and delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba held that the lower court was below was right by not disqualifying Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat from contesting the March 18, 2023 governorship election of Lagos state.
“Consequently, this appeal is lacking in merit and it is hereby dismissed, no order as to cost”, Justice Garba held.
The Appellants had prayed the apex court to nullify the declaration of Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the valid winner of the governorship election.
Also, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.
The apex court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, dismissed an appeal the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its candidate, Sadique Abubakar, filed to challenge the outcome of the governorship election that was held in the state on March 18, 2023.
Abubakar and his party had contended that Governor Mohammed, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not the valid winner of the gubernatorial contest.
They alleged that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, insisting that several electoral documents that were used during the poll were not properly filled.