The Court of Appeal, Lagos division on Wednesday [Aug. 26] affirmed the verdict of the State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which upheld the declaration of Akinwunmi Ambode as the winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Lagos State.
The judgment aligned with the July 1, 2015 decision of the Justice Muhammed Sijaro-led tribunal which struck out the petition of Jimi Agbaje, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.
The five-man panel of the appellate court dismissed Agbaje’s appeal on the ground of incompetence and also ordered him to compensate each of the respondents in the sum of N50, 000 each.
While arguing Ambode’s cross-appeal against Agbaje, the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) before the court, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) submitted that Agbaje and PDP’s petition was irredeemably defective” because it raised an issue that had no relationship with the reliefs sought.
Olanipekun also stated that one of the petitioners claimed that there were “corrupt practices” during the election, which he said differed from what was pleaded.
It would be recalled that Ambode was returned as the winner of the April 11, 2015 election by INEC having polled 811,994 votes ahead of Agbaje who polled 659,788 votes