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Updated: Supreme Court Affirms Sanwo-Olu’s Election

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The supreme court has affirmed the election of Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor of Lagos State.

The five-member panel in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justices Lawal Garba and Adamu Jauro on Friday, affirmed the declaration of the APC’s candidate as the winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election, after dismissing two separate appeals challenging his victory.

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who came second, and Abdulazeez Adediran popularly known as Jandor of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who came third had challenged the election of Sanwo-Olu on grounds of alleged irregularities, malpractices non-compliance as well as non-qualification.

They had specifically argued that Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, who acquired citizenship of the United States of America, is not qualified to contest elective positions, and as such his nomination was unlawful null, and void.

They also argued that his alleged unlawful nomination affects the qualification of Sanwo-Olu, hence the court should nullify their participation in the governorship election.

The apex court subsequently dismissed the two appeals for lack of merit.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC had polled 762,134 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Rhodes-Vivour, who scored 312,329 votes, with Jandor coming a distant third with 62,449 votes.

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