The ruling was delivered by Justice Tijjani Abubakar, who denied the appeals against Abiodun. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Ladi Adebutu, their candidate for governor on March 18th, filed the appeal.
In his appeal, Adebutu aims to have Dapo Abiodun’s designation as the election’s victor nullified. He is specifically contesting Abiodun’s reelection on the grounds that the Electoral Act, 2022 was broken, bringing up the issues of non-qualification and corrupt practices.
PDP and Adebutu are requesting that the Supreme Court vacate and dismiss the Court of Appeal, Lagos ruling, which on November 23 had upheld the Tribunal’s ruling supporting Adiodun’s victory.
Remember that Justice Jane Esienanwan Inyang ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to revoke the certificate of return given to Abiodun and hold new elections in 99 polling places where elections were halted after two judges of the lower court rejected Adebutu’s appeal on the grounds that it lacked merit.
According to the appellant, 99 polling places had their elections canceled and results not announced, and INEC should have held new elections in those locations. He added that because corrupt practices were allegedly evident during the March 18 governorship elections, the election was incorrectly called and the governor’s reappointment by INEC was illegal.
Abiodun received 276,298 votes, which was enough for INEC to proclaim him the winner of the governorship race.