Lagos State governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lambasted the defeated governorship candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Owolabi Salis, for asking a court to stop his swearing in.
He described Salis as a ‘clown’ who is only looking for relevance. He wondered how the AD gov candidate, who failed to even win election in his polling unit, could think he would become governor through the judiciary.
Sanwo-Olu stated this through his spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, on Thursday in response to an application filed by Salis and his party praying court to stop the swearing-in of the governor-elect on May 29.
In their suit filed at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja, they prayed the tribunal to restrain the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Opeyemi Oke, from swearing-in the governor-elect, pending the determination of the petition which was already before it.
In the application, among other allegations, they claimed that Sanwo-Olu had a criminal record in the United States, and that he was of unsound mind.
Respondents to the suit include Sanwo-Olu, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC); and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
But in his response the governor-elect’s spokesman said, “Mr Sanwo-Olu is governor-elect of Lagos State and by the grace of God, he will be sworn in on the 9th of May as the next Governor of the State.
“Salis is behaving like a court jester within a political environment. A man who couldn’t win his polling unit but seeks to become Governor through judiciary can only be likened to a court jester.
“This is a voyage to nothingness. We won’t even dissipate our energy on him. He is a clown that should be ignored.”
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