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Ambode dedicates Appeal Court victory to Lagosians
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Ambode dedicates Appeal Court victory to Lagosians

By Lukman Sanusi

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has once again beaten his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent, Mr. Jimi Agbaje -and this time it was at the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal.

The five-man panel after dismissing Agbaje’s appeal on the grounds of incompetence, ordered him to pay N50,000 to each respondent.

And an elated Governor Ambode while dedicating the victory to the people of the state; called it a vindication of the mandate of the people as expressed in the April 11, 2014 elections.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary,  Habib Haruna, Governor Ambode stated “with the appeal court decision,  I think it is time  for us to put electioneering matters and it’s attendant issues behind us.Our victory at the polls had earlier been adjudged as fair and square, the Tribunal confirmed this and now the Appeal Court has upheld that decision.Isn’t it time for our opponents to sheath the sword”

“I have never for once doubted the outcome of the polls.We had one of the most grueling campaigns that took us across the length and breath of the state.Our party’d strides over the last 16 years was also a scorecard that Lagosians voted for. I have consistently maintained my administration’s desire to work with every Lagosians,  no matter the party”

On July 1, 2015 the three-man tribunal in their ruling upheld Governor Ambode’s victory, and ruled: “In the said petition, apart from seeking an order nullifying the election of Ambode the second respondent, the petitioner did not ask for an order for fresh election.

“So if, for instance, the election is nullified, the people of Lagos State will be left in anarchy as no order can validly be made for the conduct of fresh election, same having not been sought for.

“Where such a prayer is lacking, the petition will be incompetent and academic as even the resolution of such a petition in favour of the petitioner will not confer any utilitarian value on the petitioner(s).” The Court of Appeal aligned itself with this judgement which the Lagos PDP has described as a controversial legal victory and not a moral victory according to its spokesperson,  Mr. Taofik Gani.

 

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