Jimi Agbaje Challenges Ambode's Victory In Lagos State Gubernatorial Election At Election Tribunal

Published 4 years ago by: Daniel Bosai
at 07:05 PM, 3/05/2015 (4 years ago)

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje has filed a petition at the state election tribunal challenging the victory of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode in the April 11 polls.



Agbaje, who had congratulated Ambode on his victory, filed the petition on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

“Agbaje’s lawyers filed the case on Thursday,” a source, who chose to remain anonymous, told Pulse.

The petitioners in the case are Agbaje and the PDP while the respondents are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ambode, the APC and the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Lagos State, Akin Orebiyi.

According to documents filed by the PDP candidate’s lawyers, the petitioners are contesting Ambode’s victory on three grounds:

1, INEC’s non-compliance with Section 7 of its own 2015 Election Guidelines which provides for the use of card readers in all polling units.

Agbaje is therefore seeking the cancellation of the results of all polling units where card readers were not used.

2, APC’s non-compliance with Section 85 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which stipulates that a party must give INEC 21 days notice of the convention where it intends to choose its governorship candidate.

APC’s letter notifying INEC of the convention where Ambode was elected was submitted on November 18, 2014 while he was chosen as the party’s candidate on December 4, 2014, 5 days shy of the official requirement.

3, Ambode’s allegedly conflicting claims of his state of origin. Agbaje is alleging that the APC candidate stated in his JAMB form (REG No: 646789) that he’s from Ilaje Local Government Area in Ondo State while in his governorship form, he claims, under oath, to be from Epe in Lagos State.

Ambode won the gubernatorial election in Lagos with 811,994 votes to defeat Agbaje who polled 659,788 votes.

Agbaje reportedly placed a phone call to his opponent at 6.58pm on Sunday, April 12, before the official results were announced, to congratulate him on his victory.

He also told Channels TV that he had no intention of contesting again and that he would find other avenues to serve the country.

An insider tells Pulse that Agbaje was hesitant to pursue the case against Ambode but was pressured into it by members of his party.

“He already accepted the result but they [PDP] convinced him to challenge it,” the source said.

Former PDP Lagos governorship aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro had earlier questioned Ambode’s victory saying:

“That I congratulated Ambode should not be mistaken for the idea that the gubernatorial elections in Lagos were free and fair. I congratulated Ambode based on the larger interest of Lagos State.”

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Purpleone at 07:32 PM, 3/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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And it will not change anything , just accept it sir
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freethinker at 07:48 PM, 3/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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JK, WE KNOW THAT THEY RIGGED THAT ELECTION, BUT WHAT CAN WE DO?
LAGOS AND YORUBAS ARE BEING OWNED BY JAGABAN OF DRUG, TINUBU THE DRUG BARON
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beneno at 08:49 PM, 3/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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bobchuks at 09:16 PM, 3/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Mr Jim I as much as I like your personality I seriously tink you are making a wrong move. Its like going back to your vomit which is not the characteristics of a good leader.... pls sir just forget n drop all charges n let's forge ahead
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bobchuks at 09:16 PM, 3/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Mr Jim I as much as I like your personality I seriously tink you are making a wrong move. Its like going back to your vomit which is not the characteristics of a good leader.... pls sir just forget n drop all charges n let's forge ahead
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dennis_005 at 12:10 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Who want sue God, Either you like it or not Oga na Oga, anyway that remaining change way Oga Jona gave una still dey una pocket abi continue your eyes will soon open Sikena
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Kingjaja92 at 03:19 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Just listening............
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Kingjaja92 at 03:19 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Just listening............
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Adbb at 06:35 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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No allow those selfish people dciv u no waste your money
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rohini at 07:46 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Hmmm
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ngfineface at 07:49 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Too late to cry when the head is off.
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kelemann at 08:10 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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Am so happy about this JK bcos all the states that apc lost, they have gone to court to challenge their defeat. Just give it a trial bro u never can tell. Let apc also feel what others are feeling.
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Nicksam at 08:21 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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OK NA
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Abubu86 at 08:55 AM, 4/05/2015 (4 years ago)
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My advice to Mr Agbaje is that he should not waste his time and money on the election he looses religiously. You should keep the remaining dollars Mr Zoologist gave you for campaign
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elchymo at 12:00 PM, 19/08/2015 (3 years ago)
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Waste of time
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