AD files petition to stop Sanwo-Olu’s inauguration

Alliance for Democracy (AD) and its governorship candidate in March 9 election, Owolabi Salis, have filed a petition at the Lagos governorship election tribunal, to stop Babajide Sanwo-Olu from being sworn in as governor on May 29.

Also listed as respondents in the petition are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress (APC), and INEC residential electoral commissioner, Sam Olumekun.

Other respondents are the returning officer for the election, commissioner of police and the Nigerian Army.

The petitioners say Sanwo-Olu has a criminal record in the United States and is not sound mentally, hence should be disqualified from being sworn in as governor.

Part of the petition read: “The second respondent (Sanwo-Olu) is a person adjudged to be of unsound mind and who is not capable to be sworn in as the Governor of Lagos state.

“Sanwo-Olu has records of unsound mind and rehabilitation with the Gbagada General Hospital Lagos state.

“By virtue of section 182(1)(c) of the 1999 constitution as (amended), the second respondent is a person not qualified to be sworn in as a governor.

“Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the present governor of Lagos state and who is the chief security officer of the state attested to the fact that Sanwo-Olu is of unsound mind and not fit and proper person to govern Lagos State.

“Governor Ambode equally stated that Sanwo-Olu was arrested and detained for several months and was convicted for spending fake dollars at a night club in America.”

The petitioners want the chief judge of Lagos to be restrained from swearing in Sanwo-Olu.