Jimi Agbaje challenges Ambode’s victory at election tribunal

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

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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.”
The Lagos State election tribunal will begin
sitting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

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