The legal team of the Labour Party candidate for the March 18 governorship election in Lagos State, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has said its client remains the party’s authentic standard bearer in the state.
The Lead Counsel to Rhodes-Vivour, Mr Olagbade Benson, told newsmen on Monday in Lagos that three court cases instituted against its client’s candidacy recently had been struck out.
Benson, who led two other lawyers, Uchechukwu Ani and Kemi Afesojaye, in the briefing, noted that claims by the former LP governorship candidate and chairman in Lagos, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, that he had a substantive case against Rhodes-Vivour is false.
Benson said that the affidavit being brandished by Awamaridi as the true position of the court that he had been certified as an authentic Labour party candidate was fake.
He said the affidavit did not represent the judgements delivered by the court in the state.
Benson explained that there were two judgements, including that from the Federal High and Appeal Courts, affirming the candidature of Rhodes-Vivour as the bona fide standard bearer of the party for Saturday’s election.
The lawyer said the case against Rhodes-Vivour by the Peoples Democratic Party had been thrown out by the Federal High Court for lacking merit.
He said, “Anyone going around parading himself as the candidate of the party, aside Rhodes-Vivour, and others alleging cases before the court on the LP candidature are misleading the public.”
He said the aim behind such a claim by any individual is because they were afraid of Rhodes-Vivour and believed that misleading the public, especially the electorate, before the election on March 18 was the best strategy to adopt.
“Our attention has been drawn to an affidavit dated 5th August, 2022, and tagged Affidavit on non-withdrawal which was sent to INEC, stating that he (Awamaridi) was yet to step down from his role as Labour Party candidate.
“But after, Awamaridi filed a suit before the Federal High Court with No: FHC/ABJ/1463/2022, challenging the candidature of the LP candidate where he sued INEC, the party and Rhodes-Vivour.
“On the 8th of December, the Federal High Court considered the case and struck it out. Anyone that is interested can apply for the judgement because it is a public document.
“And because he felt that the judgement did not go in his favour, he headed to the Appeal court.
“And on February 2nd, 2023, the Appellate court terminated Awamaridi’s case and it was based on the act that it was filed out of time allotted by the law or pre-electoral matters.
“Also, the PDP filed a suit challenging his candidature and that matter was struck out at the Federal High Court on December 8th, 2022. And the opposition party did not pursue their claim ater the FHC struck it out,” Benson said.