The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the Lagos Election Petition Tribunal to continue the trial in petitions filed by the governorship candidates of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), and Labour Party (LP) challenging the outcome of March 29 governorship election.
The AD candidate, Owolabi Salis and LP candidate, Ifagbemi Awamaridi are both challenging the victory of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, had in June dismissed a petition filed by the AD and LP, citing the inability of the petitioners to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of pleadings within seven days as prescribed by law.
However, on Tuesday, the Appeal Court, in a unanimous decision, ordered the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to continue hearing of the petition.
“From the record, it is clear that the tribunal was wrong to have declared the petition as an abandoned petition.
“The case is to be remitted to the lower court for expeditious hearing of the matter,” the court held on Owolabi’s appeal.
The appellate court also found merit in a related but separate appeal by the Labour Party Ifagbemi Awamaridi challenging the dismissal of its appeal against the victory of Sanwo-Olu as Governor of Lagos State.
It also ordered an expeditious retrial.