Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran, aka Jandor, the Lagos PDP Gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 general elections, has expressed his rejection of the ruling by the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. The tribunal recently declared his petition against Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s re-election as “dead on arrival,” citing a lack of merit in the evidence presented.
Adediran had put forth the argument that Sanwo-Olu’s nomination and sponsorship by the All Progressives Congress (APC) were wrongful and that he was not qualified for the election.
In response to the tribunal’s decision, Adediran, through a statement issued by Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye, Head of Media and Communications for the JANDOR4GOVERNOR Campaign Organisation, expressed his disappointment with the ruling.
Adediran said: “it is quite unfortunate that the tribunal in its wisdom refused to accept the credible and convincing evidence presented by his legal team on the non-qualifications of the APC and the Labour Party candidates in the election.”
Adediran posited that the decision of the tribunal did not reflect the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act 2022 on issues bothering on the qualification of a candidate in an election.
He, however, assured the residents of the State that the Lagos PDP would study the judgment and decide on the next step to be taken.
“This is not the end of the electoral process, it is just another stage. We will study the judgment and take decisions in the best interest of Lagos residents,” he said.