The 2023 candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Lagos gubernatorial polls, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran (aka Jandor ) has rejected the ruling of the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which affirmed Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu’s victory.The tribunal on Monday declared as dead on arrival the petition by Adediran against Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s re-election.
The tribunal held that evidence before it showed that the petition lacked merit.Adediran had contended that Sanwo-Olu was wrongfully nominated and sponsored by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was not qualified for the election.Reacting, Adediran, in a statement by Mr Gbenga Ogunleye, Head, Media and Communications JANDOR4GOVERNOR Campaign Organisation, expressed displeasure over the ruling of the Justice Arum Ashom-led 3-man tribunal.Adediran said: “it is quite unfortunate that the tribunal in its wisdom refused to accept the credible and convincing evidence presented by his legal team on the non-qualifications of the APC and the Labour Party candidates in the election.”
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Adediran posited that the decision of the tribunal did not reflect the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2022 on issues bothering on the qualification of a candidate in an election.
He, however, assured the residents of the State that the Lagos PDP would study the judgment and decide on the next step to be taken.“This is not the end of the electoral process, it is just another stage.
We will study the judgment and take decisions in the best interest of Lagos residents,” he said.Similarly, the Lagos State PDP said that the party would strategise after examining the ruling.Alhaji Hakeem Amode, the PDP’s Publicity Secretary, Lagos State also said in a statement that the party would know the next step after collecting the Certified True Copy of the judgment.
Amode said: “We urge our dedicated supporters to stay calm and abstain from any activities that may disrupt the harmony and order of our society.“As a party, we are committed to undertaking a meticulous review of the judgment upon receipt of the Certified True Copy, and subsequently, we will issue precise directives to our legal team.
“The tenets of democracy are at the core of our party’s values, and we remain dedicated to fostering an inclusive society that serves the interests of all its citizens.“We firmly believe that the appropriate avenue for addressing our concerns is through the legal process.”
According to him, the party remains unwavering in its resolve to pursue the case until it reached a just and lawful resolution.“Our party is steadfast in its dedication to serving the populace to the fullest extent should the opportunity arise,” Amode said. (NAN)