The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lagos on Monday dismissed the petitions filed by the Labour Party and its candidate Ifagbemi Awamaridi, while affirming the victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor of Lagos State in the last March 9 poll.
The three-man tribunal led by Justice T. T Asua, in a unanimous decision, declared that the petition failed and described it as a “futile and wasteful exercise.”
It held that its earlier decision to dismiss the petition, which was later appealed by the petitioners, was still valid because the petition was not filed according to the electoral laws.
It noted that the petitioners could not prove their allegations of mental incompetence against Sanwo-Olu in their evidence placed before the tribunal.
The panel also held that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of election malpractices against Sanwo-Olu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Asua said: “The Petitioners have failed to meet the requirement of the law. The Petitioners have failed in our humble view to discharge the onus of proof which would have been placed on the Respondents.
“We confirm the return of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the duly elected Governor of the State.”