Appeal Court Upholds Ambode’s Victory, Fines Agbaje

Jimi-Agbaje-vs-AMBODEThe Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday affirmed the verdict of the Lagos State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which upheld the declaration of Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress as winner of the April 11, 2015 governorship election in in the state.
The appellate court upheld the July 1, 2015 decision of the Justice Muhammad Sijaro-led tribunal, which declared as incompetent and therefore struck out the petition by the runner-up in the said election, Jimi Agbaje, of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The five-man appeal panel, after dismissing Agbaje’s appeal on the grounds of incompetence, ordered him to compensate each of the respondents in the sum of N50,000 each.
Ambode had been returned winner of the April 11, 2015 poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission having polled 811,994 votes ahead of Agbaje who polled 659,788 votes.