Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lauded the supreme court for representing the interest of the people and preserving the tenets of democracy following its verdict on the election petition against him by the labor party, Peoples democratic party and their candidates.
A five-member panel in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justices Lawal Garba and Adamu Jauro, affirmed Babajide Sanwo-Olu of APC as Governor, after dismissing petitions of alleged irregularities, malpractices non-compliance and non-qualification brought forward by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party and Abdulazeez Adediran Jandor of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
They had specifically argued that the Deputy Governor, who acquired citizenship of the United States of America, is not qualified to contest elective position and as such his nomination as deputy Governor was unlawful null and void.
The apex court in its judgement, held that it has found no cogent reason to deviate from the concurrent judgments of the tribunal and Court of Appeal which held that Sanwo-Olu was lawfully elected as Governor of Lagos State.
The appellate court in a unanimous judgement held that acquisition of a foreign national those not bar any citizen by birth from contesting election.