Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour

Rhodes-Vivour, Lagos LP Candidate, Submits Over 20,000 Documents to Tribunal to Overturn Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Election

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On Tuesday, the petitioner submitted the documents, which were arranged in 13 boxes, along with his schedule of evidence through his lead attorney, Dr. Olumide Ayeni.

The State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has received more than 20,000 documents from Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party’s candidate for governor in the March 18 election, who wants to contest Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s victory.
On Tuesday, the petitioner submitted the documents, which were arranged in 13 boxes, along with his schedule of evidence through his lead attorney, Dr. Olumide Ayeni.
The tribunal later instructed the petitioner to grant access to the documents to each and every respondent. On Tuesday, the responses will start reviewing the documents, and the review will end on Wednesday.
The tribunal also postponed the petitioner’s first witness appearance in support of his case until Wednesday.
When the witnesses begin to testify, the documents should be offered through them.
The 13 boxes at the proceedings held papers related to the proceedings, including result sheets from various polling units, INEC forms EC9, EC8A, and B, Form EC40A, Form EC40G, BIVAS reports, and more from over 13,000 polling units.
Dr. Ayeni, the petitioner’s attorney, had attempted to move an application before the proceedings were adjourned to allow the petitioner to tender, use, and rely on a number of documents, including a report of the inspection, sworn testimony from a number of people listed on its application, and other electoral documents used or allegedly used in the election that was the subject of the petition.
Charles Edosomwan (SAN), who represented INEC as the first respondent in the lawsuit, called the application “a ground-moving motion” in his response.
He requested more time so that he could speak with his client and decide whether or not to object to the application.
Muiz Banire (SAN) represented the second and third respondents to the petition, who were Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, respectively, and informed the tribunal that the case was not ready for hearing. The attorney also pointed out that his clients still have time to respond to the application under the terms of paragraph 47(4) of the first schedule.
Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), speaking on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC), disagreed with the application. He emphasised that he was under instructions from his client not to permit the petitioner to revive its case following the conclusion of the pre-hearing. He also said he would need some time to react to the application properly.
Following the arguments, the petitioner’s attorney requested a stand-down order from the tribunal so that the petitioner could deliver its documents in accordance with the tribunal’s pre-trial report on or before Tuesday at midnight.