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Appeal Court Dismisses LP’s Rhodes-Vivour Case Against Sanwo-Olu

The Labour Party (LP) and its candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, filed an appeal against Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s election victory on March 18 to fill the position of Lagos State’s governor, but the Appeal Court in Lagos denied their request.

According to TheTimesonline.ng, the Appeal Court unanimously decided that, in contrast to the LP and Gbadebo’s assertions, the lower tribunal was right to rule that Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, were entitled to run.

The court held: “The decision of the lower court is affirmed and the appeal is dismissed.”

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The justices held: “No case of renunciation of citizenship has been established by the LP and Gbadebo against the 3rd respondent (Hamzat) in accordance with the constitution.

“No evidence of oath of allegiance to the United States and renunciation of Nigerian citizenship was placed before the tribunal (by the LP and Gbadebo) –

“No document to prove that 3rd respondent (Hamzat) was no longer a citizen of Nigeria. It is incumbent on the appellants (LP, Gbadebo) to prove their claim.”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Olajide Adediran had earlier had their appeal against Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s declaration as governor dismissed by the appeals court.

It was decided that the appellants’ claims against Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, of falsification and non-qualification were unfounded.

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The justices held: “Even though they were all pre-election matters, the appellants (PDP and Adeniran) still failed to prove them. The appellants came empty-handed and left empty-handed. They merely enjoyed their day in court. Their petition is dismissed.”

 

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