The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has granted an ex parte application by the Labour Party’s governorship candidate, Gbadegbo Rhodes-Vivour, for substituted service on the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
On April 11, the Peoples Democratic Party Candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran known as Jandor, and the Labour Party Candidate, Rhodes-Vivour, separately asked the tribunal to nullify Sanwo-Olu’s re-election and declare them the winners.
Rhodes-Vivour and the Labour Party, through their counsel, Olagbade Benson, had informed the tribunal that Sanwo-Olu evaded service of the petition on him by the court’s bailiff.
Both parties alleged that Sanwo-Olu refused to collect the document from the bailiff when the court official got to his office to serve him.
The petitioners had challenged the outcome of the March 18 governorship election in Lagos State which the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Sanwo-Olu the winner.
The Lagos State Election Petition Tribunal has received a total of 48 petitions in respect of the 2023 elections held on February 25 and March 11.