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Anxiety as tribunal delivers judgement on Lagos governorship election today

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There is anxiety among political gladiators as the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will today deliver judgment in the suits challenging the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Justice Arum Ashom-led panel communicated this message to all parties on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Recall that the Labour Party’s governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, are challenging the victory of Sanwo-Olu at the March 18 governorship election.

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On August 12, 2023, lawyers in the petitions adopted their final written addresses before the tribunal.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the March 18 governorship election.


The incumbent Lagos State governor had won the election by a landslide, defeating Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party, who came second.

Governor Sanwo-Olu polled 762,134 votes to beat Rhodes-Vivour, who scored 312,329 votes. Jide Adediran (Jandor) of the PDP came a distant third, polling 62,449 votes.

In a related development, ahead of the governorship elec­tion petition tribunal judgement in Nasarawa State, no less than 1,000 women from all religious or­ganisations including herbalists across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state on Sunday held a prayer rally for peace, God fearing judgement in the state.

They said the prayer session was for the governorship candi­date of the People’s Democratic Party, Dr. David Ombugadu, whom they claimed to have overwhelmingly voted for in the March 18 election in the state.

Recall that the women dressed in black attires, rendered emo­tional songs in Hausa, carrying placards with several inscrip­tions during the rally, held a series of prayers asking God to deliver the state from slavery through judgement devoid of ethnic, religious and political sentiments.

Speaking shortly after the prayer session in Lafia, the leaders of Nasarawa women Co­alition for Justice, Hanatu John, explained that the reason for the rally was to seek God’s inter­vention in the case involving Dr. Ombugadu of PDP and Governor Abdullahi Sule of APC.

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Hanatu, who expressed con­fidence that God will not fail the aged women in their prayers un­der the scorching sun, will give the judges presiding over the Nasarawa governorship tribu­nal direction to deliver justice to residents of the state on the day of judgement.

“All residents of the state including members of the All Progressives Congress are aware that the PDP candidate, Dr. Da­vid Ombugadu won the March 18, 2023 election, not the incum­bent governor, Abdullahi Sule as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“These women you see here are over 1,000 in number cutting across various faiths. They vol­untarily came out from all parts of the state to pray for the person residents of the state gave their mandate to because they are tired of the APC led government. They no longer want to be deceived, that is why they are all gathered here today in solidarity with the PDP.”

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