The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has rejected the ruling of the election petition tribunal affirming the victory of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Rhodes-Vivour, in a statement he personally signed on Tuesday, said the judges of the tribunal erred in law, adding that their judgment suggested that a clear constitutional provision in the electoral process has no meaning.
Mr. Rhodes-Vivour has voed to appeal the ruling of the tribunal at the appeal court.
The statement read, “Having carefully listened to the judgment of the Honourable Judges of the Tribunal, we believe they, like the learned jurist quoted above stated, have erred in law. The judgment of the Tribunal suggests, erroneously in our view, that a clear constitutional provision in the electoral process has no meaning.
“While the disappointment and concern that have arisen from this particular judgment may run deep, we would like to assure our teaming supporters that this verdict is certainly not the final word on the matter. It is just one step in a larger legal process.
“Our democracy is built on the principles of justice, accountability, and the rule of law, including an appeal process that exists to ensure that mistakes by judges are reviewed by appellate courts.
“As we all know, democracy is the cornerstone of any free and just society. It is the voice of the people, and it is through this process that we express our will and choose the leaders who will guide our communities and our nation. Yet, it is also a process that demands our vigilance, our resilience, and our unyielding faith in its sanctity.
“The essence of democracy lies not only in our ability to vote but also in our capacity to defend the integrity of that vote. Consequently, our laws allow Governorship candidates to challenge the decisions of the Electoral Tribunals at the Court of Appeal, and up to the Supreme Court.
“In the light of this, my lawyers have been instructed to appeal this judgment, as we remain confident of getting substantial justice at the appellate courts.”
Mr. Rhodes-Vivour also urged his supporters to remain calm, peaceful, and law-abiding while appreciating their support.