The governor-elect of Lagos state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed confidence in retaining his governorship victory at the gubernatorial election petition tribunal in Ikeja.
The governorship candidates of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and Labour Party (LP), Chief Owolabi Salis and Professor Ifagbemi Awamaridi, respectively, are challenging the victory of the APC candidate.
On Tuesday, April 23, Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, received and acknowledged receipt of the petitions filed by the AD and LP, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the Lagos state governor-elect filed his response to both petitions, saying he would defend the mandate of millions of the people of Lagos who voted for him.
He said: “We are very confident of victory."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, March 10, congratulated Babajide Sanwo-Olu for emerging winner of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
Similarly, the speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has also congratulated Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat, on their electoral victory.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday, March 10, declared Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election.
The state returning officer, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, while announcing the results, said the APC candidate polled 739,445 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jimi Agbaje of the PDP, who polled 206,141 votes.
The PDP publicity secretary in the state, Taofik Gani, in a statement in Lagos on Monday, March 11, said the congratulatory message was to exhibit sportsmanship and show respect for the laws of the land.
The spokesman, however, said that if PDP had any reason to challenge the results, it shall not hesitate to do so.
Gani called on the governor-elect to accommodate everyone in victory and shun politics of seclusion and retaliation.
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