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Appeal court orders continuation of election petitions against Sanwo-Olu’s victory

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– An appeal court in Lagos orders the continuation of the election petitions against Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

– One of the petitions is filed by Owolabi Salis, the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD)

– The court says the other petition filed by the candidate of Labour Party (LP), Ifagbemi Awamaridi, has merit

The appeal court sitting in Lagos, on Tuesday, August 6, ordered a continuation of the petitions filed against the victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the duly elected governor of the state.

The petitions were filed by the governorship candidates of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Owolabi Salis, and that of the Labour Party (LP), Ifagbemi Awamaridi, in the election.

The Nation reports that the decision of the appeal court was unanimously given by a five-man panel of judges.

The appellate court ordered the Lagos state governorship election petition 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 appeal court declared concerning Owolabi’s appeal.

The court also said there was merit in the appeal of Awamaridi challenging the dismissal of his case against the victory of Sanwo-Olu.

It ordered the tribunal to ensure an expeditious retrial.

According to Gboyega Akosile, deputy chief press secretary to Lagos state governor, the tribunal threw out the petition from the governorship candidates for lacking substance.