Sanwo-Olu/ Hamzat Ticket Inseparable, Says Tribunal

The Lagos Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has said that the governorship ticket of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and that of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat is one ticket and inseparable.

Justice Mikhail Abdullahi stated this while delivering judgment in the objection of PDP candidate, Olajide Adediran, against the election of Governor Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat in the March 18 election in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are the 2nd and 3rd respondents in the petition.

The tribunal held that this issue had been decided in a number of cases and went on to hold that a deputy governor and governor a
were not separate candidates.

The tribunal also held that they were not required to pay a separate security deposit.

The petitioner, Adediran a.k.a Jandor, had also asked the tribunal to decide whether a person who lost an election could be joined as a respondent in an election petition.

Adediran had joined the candidate of the Labour Party, Rhodes-Vivour as a respondent in his petition.

Citing a list of decided cases, the tribunal held that a petition was contemplated to be filed between the winner and the loser of an election and not between two persons who lost.

The tribunal, therefore, upheld the preliminary objection of the 2nd and 3rd respondents and subsequently struck out the name of the 5th respondent, Rhodes-Vivour from the petition filed by Adediran.

The tribunal also expunged from its records all exhibits tendered in evidence by Rhodes-Vivour in the petition filed by Adediran.

The tribunal held that Rhodes-Vivour could not subsequently go on to challenge any part of the judgment of the Jandor’s petition or else, he became a meddlesome interloper.

In a similar vein, the tribunal held that the 6th respondent, the Labour Party, ought not to have been made a respondent in Adediran and the PDP’s petition.

The name of the party was subsequently struck out for being improperly joined.

All evidence and exhibits concerning the party were also expunged from the tribunal’s records.

The tribunal, however, disagreed with the objections made by the APC & its candidate that the misjoinder of the LP & its candidate was a ground for striking out the petition.

The tribunal held: “That the 5th and 6th respondent ought not to have been made respondents to the petition cannot rob the tribunal of the jurisdiction to hear the parties. The question of misjoinder cannot lead to a striking out of the petition as the proper order to make is to strike out the names of the parties.

“Already the name of the 5th respondent has been struck out and the 6th respondent who has been found to be improperly joined is also ordered to be struck out”.

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