The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed an application by Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party’s candidate, in the March 18 governorship election.
Mr Rhodes-Vivour sought to consolidate his petition with that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s candidate, Mr. Olajide Adediran.
Justice Ashom who read the ruling on behalf of the three-member tribunal, held that the law provides for petitions to be consolidated.
He however noted that care must be taken in doing so as the intricate details must be ascertained and the court must be satisfied that one judgement can resolve the two petitions satisfactorily.
In the instant case, the court took the view that the parties in the two petitions are different and Mr Rhodes-Vivour is a respondent in PDP’s petition.
The court also noted that the issues and reliefs sought by the parties are also different and as such, there was no way the petitions can be consolidated.
The Tribunal also dismissed an application by the Labour Party seeking leave to call additional witnesses in proof of his petition.
It held that the names of the additional witnesses were not contained in the list of original witnesses filed along with the petition.