The Lagos State Governorship Election Tribunal has struck out the petition of the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olajide Adediran popularly known as Jandor, seeking a disqualification of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s candidature by the Tribunal.
Adediran had argued that Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to be elected, and therefore wrongfully nominated and sponsored by his party, the All Progressives Party.
He relied on section 134(1)(a) of the Electoral Act of 2022 which deals with grounds of instituting an electoral petition.
But, Justice Mikail Abdullahi while reading the Tribunal’s decision on the matter held that this position did not form part of the grounds for disqualification for election into the office of Governor, under sections 177 and 182 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended).
The tribunal also declared that it has no powers to probe the primary election of the APC which produced Sanwo-Olu, as it is a pre-election matter and does not fall under its jurisdiction.
‘Only an aspirant or member of a political party can complain about the outcome of the party’s primary, not a busybody like the petitioner.”
This ruling forms part of the judgment being delivered in Jandor’s petition.