The Lagos State Governorship Tribunal has struck out the name of the Labour Party candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour from the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate for the March 11 election, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor.
The Tribunal presided over by Justice Arum Ashom, held while delivering a ruling on the preliminary objection filed by Rhodes-Vivour that the LP Party candidate is not a necessary party to the petition.
The Tribunal held that the law only permits the candidate that lost an election to the winner and the electoral body.
The Tribunal had also dismissed the preliminary objections filed by the third Respondent, the Deputy Governor of Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat.
Hamzat had argued in his objection that he is a separate and distinct candidate from the 2nd respondent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu-Olu.
He had also asked the Tribunal to determine whether the deputy governor could be listed as a respondent in the petition.
But in its ruling, the Tribunal held that the issue had been decided in several cases and went on to hold that a deputy governor and governor are not separate candidates and they are not required to pay a separate security deposit.
The judgment is still being read.
More details later.