The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is set to render its judgment on Monday, September 25, according to news reports.
In a social media post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the governorship candidate representing the Labour Party, disclosed that he had received information about the tribunal’s impending verdict.
He wrote, “We have just been informed that judgment on our election petition at the tribunal will be delivered on Monday, the 25th of September.”
This development stems from earlier petitions filed on April 11 by the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (commonly known as Jandor), and the Labour Party candidate, Rhodes-Vivour. They separately requested the tribunal annul Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s re-election and declare themselves the victors.
On May 24, the tribunal dismissed the petitions lodged by the Allied Peoples’ Movement and the Action Peoples Party, challenging Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the March 18 governorship election. Sanwo-Olu secured 762,134 votes, defeating Rhodes-Vivour, his closest competitor, who garnered 312,329 votes. The PDP candidate, Adediran, placed third with 62,449 votes. Additionally, Funmilayo Kupoluyi of the APM received 884 votes, while Abiola Adeyemi of the APP garnered 259 votes. Both the APM and APP petitions were subsequently withdrawn by the petitioners and dismissed by the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Arum Ashom.
As the eagerly awaited judgment day approaches, the political landscape in Lagos remains charged with anticipation and speculation about the tribunal’s decision. The outcome of this pivotal ruling will undoubtedly shape the political future of the state and its governance.