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Supreme Court upholds Sanwo-Olu’s election victory

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The Supreme Court has upheld the election victory of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, putting an end to a legal challenge that has traversed the tribunal and the Appeal Court.

The central issue in the case was raised by the Labour Party candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, who questioned the qualification of Sanwo-Olu’s running mate, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat, alleging that he had renounced his Nigerian citizenship.

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The Supreme Court clarified that the deputy governor is indeed a Nigerian by birth, emphasizing that the renunciation of citizenship by birth must be officially registered by the Nigerian president.

The court noted the absence of evidence supporting the appellant’s claim of Hamzat’s renunciation.

In its verdict, the court dismissed the appeal by the Labour Party candidate, declaring it lacking in merit.

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Additionally, Abdulazeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, representing the Peoples Democratic Party, had raised concerns about the name Sanwo-Olu submitted to INEC, pointing out disparities with the governor’s WAEC certificate.

However, the Supreme Court decisively dismissed Adediran’s appeal, ruling that it was without merit.

Justice Adamu Jauro, who delivered the lead judgment, affirmed that the appeal lacked substance.

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