Amidst a substantial security presence, Lagos Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat made his way to the Lagos Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, housed at the Rosaline Omotoso Courthouse in Ikeja. The tribunal is poised to deliver its verdict on the petition brought forth by the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Azeez Olajide, alias Jandor, challenging the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Deputy Governor Hamzat, flanked by security personnel, arrived at the tribunal around 9:20 a.m., accompanied by a group of aides. He took his place with a trusted associate behind the area designated for legal counsel within the courtroom.
The tribunal panel comprises Justice Arum Igyen Ashom, Justice Mikhail Abdullahi, and Justice I.P. Braimoh.
Security measures were significantly heightened in the vicinity of the courthouse, where the tribunal members are slated to announce their judgment. As early as 7:00 a.m., a substantial contingent of police officers in full combat gear was stationed near the roundabout close to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja to ensure a secure environment.
In addition to this, a bomb disposal vehicle and additional police forces were strategically positioned around the courthouse in anticipation of the judgment. Security personnel from both the police force and the Ikeja High Court meticulously screened all individuals seeking access to the area, with political supporters being denied entry to the courtroom premises.