Sanwo-Olu’s Victory: Court Orders Retrial Of Governorship Election At Tribunal

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A court of appeal in Lagos State has ordered a retrial of the case challenging the victory of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the March 9 governorship election.

The court on Tuesday asked that the case be returned to the election petitions tribunal for a retrial.

Owolabi Salis and Ifagbemi Awamaridi, the governorship candidates of Alliance for Democracy and Labour Party, respectively, filed a petition challenging the validity of Sanwo-Olu’s victory.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel of the court ordered the tribunal to continue hearing of the petition. 

“From the record, it is clear that the tribunal was wrong to have declared the petition as an abandoned petition. 

“The case is to be remitted to the lower court for expeditious hearing of the matter,” the court held on Owolabi’s appeal. 

The appellate court also found merit in a related but separate appeal by Awamaridi challenging the dismissal of its appeal against the victory of Sanwo-Olu as governor of Lagos State. 

The court also ordered a quick retrial.

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