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Appeal Court Affirms Sanwo-Olu’s Re-election as Lagos Governor

In a decisive ruling, the Appeal Court sitting in Lagos has upheld the earlier verdict of the Tribunal, affirming the re-election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor and Obafemi Hamzat as the Deputy Governor of Lagos state. The judgment, delivered by a three-man panel comprising Justice Yargata Nimpa, Justice Samuel Bola, and Justice Paul Bassey, was announced on Wednesday.

Key Highlights:
  1. Dismissal of PDP’s Appeal: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the March 18, 2023, governorship election in Lagos had filed an appeal challenging the Tribunal’s decision. However, the Appeal Court unanimously dismissed the appeal, citing a lack of merit.
  2. Validation of Tribunal’s Verdict: The ruling by the Appeal Court solidifies and affirms the earlier decision of the Tribunal, endorsing the victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Obafemi Hamzat in the gubernatorial election.
  3. Unanimous Decision: The three-man panel, consisting of experienced justices, reached a unanimous decision in dismissing the appeal, underscoring the legal soundness of the earlier judgment.
  4. Details Awaited: While the initial reports confirm the dismissal of the appeal, a comprehensive understanding of the court’s reasoning and the specific grounds for the dismissal is expected to be provided in subsequent detailed documents.

This affirmation by the Appeal Court marks a crucial milestone in the legal proceedings surrounding the Lagos state gubernatorial election. The judgment underscores the adherence to due process and the legal framework in determining electoral disputes, providing clarity on the legitimacy of the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat. Further details on the judgment are anticipated in the coming days.

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