HEAT OF THE MOMENT POLITICAL GIST SANWO-OLU WINS AT APPEAL COURT By Admin Posted on November 9, 2019 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has had his election affirmed by the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, The court on Saturday dismissed an appeal filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate; Mr Ifagbemi Awamaridi challenging the judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal which affirmed the election of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governor of Lagos State. The lower court had ruled on September 23 in favour of Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Peoples Congress (APC). The five-man panel of justices led by Justice Hannatu Sankey unanimously dismissed the appeal filed by Labour Party as lacking in merit. The Labour Party in their initial petition before the court insisted that Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to contest the election and that the governor did not win the poll held on March 9, 2019 The court held that the petitioner went on a “Columbian journey of making assertions with nothing to back it up,” and thereby dismissed the appeal in its entirety. Also, the appeal court threw out an appeal filed by the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and its governorship candidate, Owolabi Salis, also challenging Governor Sanwo-Olu’s victory. In a lead judgement read by Justice Ayobode Shodipe, the court ruled that the appeal of Alliance for Democracy lacked merit and was “dead on arrival.” “The appeal is seriously lacking in merit and is hereby dismissed. The seven issues of the appellant (Salis) are hereby resolved against him,” Justice Shodipe ruled. Meanwhile, the appellate court ordered that a cost of N200,000 should be awarded against the appellants in favour of each six of the seven respondents. The Commissioner of Police in both appeals was, however, exempted while the total cost awarded against the appellants was N2.4 million.