The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, Friday, dismissed an appeal on the matter brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mrs. Salis Ayodele against the law maker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator ‘Gbenga Ashafa and his party, the All Progressives Congress.
The victory follows the July 27 dismissal of the election petition filed by the PDP and its candidate in the National Assembly elections earlier this year.
The decision to file an appeal challenging the verdict of the Justice C.U Anwukah-led tribunal was taken by the PDP candidate, Salis Ayodele and her party immediately after the July 27 dismissal. The Court of Appeal is the highest level a National Assembly election petition can go.
In its case at the Court of Appeal, Salis Ayodele and the PDP had alleged that the judgment of the lower tribunal was erroneous on the grounds that the tribunal erred on many issues in arriving at the decision to dismiss the petition. The PDP also questioned the qualification of the chairman of the tribunal stating that he was not qualified to sit on the case.
In the final judgement read yesterday by Muhammad Danjuma (JCA), the judgment dismissed the appeal and stated that there was no evidence presented to show cause and prove that the tribunal chairman was not qualified to hold the office.
Counsel for the PDP and Salis Ayodele, Barr. Oladayo Odunde in his remarks after the judgement was read said “the judgement is a victory for the judiciary no matter the outcome.”
In his own remarks after the victorious judgment, Senator Ashafa said: “The time for politicking has gone and all contenders should sheath their swords. In the spirit of democracy, I extend a hand of friendship to the PDP in Lagos East. Let us work together for the development of our dear state.”