In a pivotal moment for Lagos State, the Roseline Omotosho Courthouse in Ikeja has been fortified with intensified security measures as it prepares for the delivery of judgment in petitions challenging the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The stage is set for a crucial decision that could reshape the political landscape of Lagos.
Dr. Abdulazeez Adediran, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the March 18 election, and Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party, filed these petitions.
Their allegations have added intrigue to the impending judgment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported a significant security presence at the courthouse, with security operatives meticulously screening journalists, lawyers, and other attendees.
This rigorous security check has resulted in a number of individuals being denied entry into the premises, underlining the importance and sensitivity of the impending judgment.
The tribunal, led by Justice Arum Ashom, communicated the judgment date to the concerned parties on Saturday, setting the stage for a dramatic climax to this legal battle.
The legal counsel for both parties had previously presented their final written arguments on August 12.
Dr. Abdulazeez Adediran’s petition alleges that Governor Sanwo-Olu presented a forged West African School Certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and that he failed to include an oath declaration in the INEC Nomination Form EC9.
Additionally, Adediran asserts that the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not adhere to the Electoral Act in nominating Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Hamzat.
Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour’s petition challenges the eligibility of Sanwo-Olu’s running mate, Hamzat, claiming that he renounced his Nigerian citizenship and pledged allegiance to the United States.
The eyes of the nation are now firmly fixed on the Roseline Omotosho Courthouse, as the fate of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s election hangs in the balance.