Lagos Tribunal Stalls APC, PDP, LP Guber Election

Lagos Tribunal Stalls APC, PDP, LP Guber Election

In a significant development in the Lagos Governorship Tribunal, All Progressives Congress, APC, has meticulously articulated its defense against the legal petitions set forth by Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate as the Labour Party candidate.

In a statement by John Shuaibu, Political Analyst, Jandor’s contention is that the APC failed to adhere to the mandated 21-day notice requirement, a fundamental stipulation outlined in the electoral act, prior to orchestrating its primary election, with certified true copy documents acquired from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

However, the APC he said, has yet to furnish counter-evidence in the form of submitted documents to refute this particular allegation.

Furthermore, Shuaibu informed that Jandor contests the legitimacy of the primary election organised by the Lagos State Chapter of the APC, which led to the emergence of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

According to him, electoral act provisions, “only the National Working Committee, NWC, of a political party is authorized to organise such a pivotal primary election. Jandor’s evidentiary backing includes a certified true copy of the Letter of Notification of Primary Election, bearing the signature of the Lagos State APC Chairman.

“This stands unchallenged, as the APC failed to present a counter-letter undersigned by the National Chairman of the party.

“Additionally, Jandor’s allegations extend to assertions of perjury by Governor Sanwoolu, who is accused of submitting a forged West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, result to INEC. This claim is substantiated by a result verification report sourced from the WAEC website.

He continued that while the APC has refrained from presenting a valid WAEC certificate as counter-evidence, their resistance towards a forensic analysis of the WAEC backend server is noteworthy.

“The representative of WAEC, subpoenaed by Jandor/PDP, divulged a conflicting result compared to those submitted by Governor Sanwoolu to INEC.

“Jandor, representing the People’s Democratic Party, proffers a certified true copy of Dr. Obafemi Hamzat’s Form EC9. A critical observation reveals the absence of the declaration of oath page in this submission to INEC.

“This omission is significant in light of the electoral act, which mandates the inclusion of said oath page as a testament to candidates’ adherence to all constitutional prerequisites for their respective positions. The APC’s response to this claim falls short, as they presented a declaration of oath page that, in actuality, was not submitted to INEC during the election period.

“Jandor also tendered CTC copies of updated membership register of Labour Party submitted to INEC with Gbadebo Rhodes names Vivour conspicuously absent on the register.

“Besides the membership register debacle, he also fell victim of invalid sponsorship as a result of non-compliance with the electoral act in the conduct of Labour party’s primary election.

“Just like Hamzat of APC, GRV form EC9 also have a defect that contravene section 29(1) of the electoral act 2022.

“In light of the comprehensive arguments brought forth by the PDP candidate, the fate of the APC and Labour Party, cum the legitimacy of the election results now rest with the discernment of the tribunal. A meticulous evaluation of the evidence provided by both parties will inevitably culminate in a judgment that carries far-reaching implications for all involved stakeholders,” he added.


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