Court to deliver judgement in Ogun PDP guber crisis suit December 1

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Thursday, fixed December 1 for a judgement in a suit filed by Jimi Lawal, an aggrieved governorship aspirant in the May 25 Ogun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s primary election.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after counsel to the parties adopted their processes and presented their arguments for and against the suit.

Mr Lawal, in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/773/22, had sued the PDP, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Oladipupo Adebutu as first to third defendants, respectively.

The aspirant, who contested the May 25 governorship primary poll of the PDP, had challenged the emergence of Mr Adebutu as the party’s candidate.

He alleged that an unlawful delegates list was used by the party to conduct its election.

Mr Lawal, among others, had prayed that the purported primary election of May 25 is cancelled, and another be conducted with the authentic ad hoc delegates.

The matter, which was earlier before Justice Taiwo Taiwo of an FHC, was, however, dismissed on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Mr Taiwo, in his judgement delivered on July 29, held that the primary election was a domestic affair of any political party.

Not satisfied, Mr Lawal approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja with a prayer that the decision of the FHC be voided and set aside on the ground of miscarriage of justice.

A three-man panel of justices of the Court of Appeal, in their judgement delivered on September 30, agreed with Mr Lawal, set aside the judgement of the FHC, and ordered that the suit be heard on its merit.


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