The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in Lagos State, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor), have submitted a petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal of Lagos State.
The party and Mr Adediran are calling for the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) candidates in the election for non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022.
In the petition marked EPT/LAG/GOV/01/2023 dated April 7, the petitioners challenged the outcome of the 18 March governorship election on the grounds of substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Law as well as the guidelines of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
While INEC is the 1st respondent, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy Governorship candidate, Obafemi Hamzat; the All Progressive Congress (APC), the Labour Party Governorship Candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and the Labour Party respectively are the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th respondents.
Besides non-compliance with relevant provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, Mr Adediran and PDP in their petition are claiming that at the time of the governorship election held on 18 March 2023, Messrs Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat, and Rhodes-Vivour were not qualified to contest the election.
The petitioners, therefore, prayed that all votes cast for them in the election be declared wasted.
“The 2nd and 3rd Respondents, although not duly sponsored and not qualified, contested along with the 1st Petitioner and others for the office of Governor of Lagos State, the subject matter of this Petition.
“Similarly, the 5th and 6th Respondents, although not duly sponsored and not qualified, contested along with the 1st Petitioner and others for the office of Governor of Lagos State, the subject matter of this Petition”.