Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state on Monday defeated his opponents at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu defeated the governorship candidates of Alliance for Democracy, AD, and Labour party, LP, Owolabi Salis and Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi, in the 2019 election at the tribunal.
Both Salis and Awamaridi had petitioned the tribunal over the election that led to the emergence of Sanwo-Olu as governor of Lagos State.
However, the tribunal threw out the petition against the governor for lack of substance.
Justice T. T Asua, the Chairman of the Tribunal in a ruling dismissed the petitions due to the inability of the petitioners to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of pleadings within seven days as prescribed by law.
The three-man panel noted that timely application for pre-hearing conference was a condition to the hearing of the petitions and that without the application for pre-hearing conferences, the petition could commence or get to the stage of judgment, PM News reports.
A tweet by Sanwo-Olu’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, reads:
“Breaking news: Lagos State Governor Mr. @jidesanwoolu floors AD and Labour Party’s Governorship candidates, Owolabi Salis and Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi at the Election Petition Tribunal. The Tribunal has thrown out their petitions for lack of substance.”