The Supreme Court has reserved judgement in a suit filed by Governor
Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos praying the court to upturn an Appeal
Court’s order for the governorship election petitions tribunal in Lagos
to resume hearing.
Mr Sanwo-Olu, through his Counsel, Victor
Opara, approached the apex court to upturn the order of the court of
appeal to resume hearing in the tribunal, Igbere TV reports.
candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Owolabi Salis, and his
counterpart in the Labour Party, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, prayed the apex
court to dismiss the appeal filed by the appellant and uphold the
decision of the appeal court.
However, Justice Mary Odili, leading a five-man panel on Thursday, reserved judgment to a later date.
five-man appellate court panel had held that the tribunal was wrong to
have discontinued hearing on the basis that the AD and its governorship
candidate had abandoned their petition.
Similarly, it overturned
the decision of the tribunal dismissing the petition filed by the
governorship candidate of the Labour Party.
The appellate court ordered the return of the petition to the tribunal for expeditious determination.
tribunal in Lagos had in June dismissed a petition filed by the AD and
LP parties challenging the victory of Mr Sanwo-Olu at the March 9
The tribunal had cited the inability of the petitioners
to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of
pleadings within seven days as prescribed by law.