Tribunal dismisses LP’s bid to consolidate petition with PDP in Lagos


The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Monday dismissed the appli­cation of the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, who was seeking an order for leave to consolidate his petition with that of the Peo­ples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Olajide Adediran.

The tribunal headed by Jus­tice Arum Igyen Ashom also dismissed Rhodes-Vivour’s request to file an additional list of witnesses and their written statements on oath.

The three-Justice panel dismissed the application for consolidation after hearing ar­guments from all the parties on the grounds that the parties, as well as the facts, subject matter of their petitions and reliefs sought are different.

The LP candidate’s petition was brought against the In­dependent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Obafemi Hazmat, who were both declared winners of the March 18 election, as well as their party, the APC.

In Adediran’s petition, he and his party are the petitioners, while the respondents are INEC, Messrs. Sanwo-Olu and Hazmat, the APC, as well as Rhodes-Vi­vour and his party.

The tribunal also ruled that Adediran’s counsel had earlier indicated in the pre-hearing in­formation sheet, Form TF 008 of the Electoral Act 2022, that he didn’t want his action to be con­sidered with that of others.


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