Lagos State 2019 Governorship Candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Chief Owolabi Salis says he is confident that the Supreme Court will grant victory to the party in its case to seek nullification of the APC gubernatorial victory at the polls in Lagos.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state’s 2019 governorship polls, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu was declared winner of the election that was allegedly marred by riggings and violence.
Dissatisfied with the judgement at the Tribunal and Court of Appeal, Salis had gone to the Supreme Court to seek removal of Sanwo-Olu as governor of Lagos State. The matter is billed for hearing on Dec. 18, 2019.
In a statement on Sunday in Lagos, the AD candidate said he intended to make sure that Lagosians got the leader they voted for at the polls.
Salis maintained that Sanwo-Olu was not elected by majority of valid votes, pointing out that the decisions of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal verdicts dismissing his petition against Sanwo-Olu’s election for lacking in merit was “corruption of justice.”
The AD candidate who is also a Lawyer in USA, said Alliance for Democracy, AD, may rule Lagos again upon justice and equity.
“The election of Sanwo-Olu should be declared invalid for non compliance with the electoral act. Secondly, Sanwo-Olu was not qualified to contest the election for using a clone card,” he said.
“Whether my prediction will be right depends on the Supreme Court deciding on the path of justice rather than mere technicalities. Deciding on the “interest of justice” promotes sanity and development in a society. Deciding on “technicalities” regresses a society and promotes the interest of the few.
“Deciding on the part of justice in election matters demands that the votes are valid and the candidates qualified to contest. Evidence before the court is clear that the votes in Lagos governorship election were written and allocated. More so,, the declared candidate was not qualified; he submitted a cloned voters card,” he further said.
He said there had been pressure on him to drop the case but he refused as that would be tantamount to betraying the trust of those who voted for him.
“I will not new bought over nor give in to threats to drop the matter. Lagosians are in bondage and I will be doing disservice yo humanity if I don’t see this matter to a conclusion.
“I am a Lawyer with a background of practice in USA. I am amazed at the way justice is carried out in some lower courts in the country. I still think that the Supreme Court that has precedences of upturning electoral injustices will do so in my case.
“During the inspection of materials, we discovered thousands of votes for Chief Owolabi Salis than what was recorded as the result at the polling booths but forensic recounting is disallowed by the tribunal.” he added.
Salis, who holds several chieftaincy titles across the country including Magayaki Giade, Bauchi, Gburugburu Ettiti Mgboko, Abia, Obong Adaha Uyo, among others said all ethnic nationalities living in Lagos will be treated with dignity if he were to be in charge.