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Ogun PDP Guber: Supreme Court Dismisses Lawal’s Appeal, Others

The Supreme Court has dismissed four appeals that emanated from the Ogun state Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship legal battle.

The appeal instituted by one of the governorship aspirants, Otunba Jimi Lawal and some ward delegates were dismissed on the grounds that the Appellants had no cause of action.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, leading a panel of five Justices, dismissed the appeals following their withdrawals by the respective lawyers.

In one of the appeals, filed by Tayo Olabode against the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun state, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, the appeal was dismissed on the ground that the delegates who filed the action lacked legal right to do so.

It was agreed that the delegates who claimed to have been disenfranchised in the PDP primary election that produced Oladipupo cannot initiate any court action against the primary election since they were not aspirants in the election.

The apex court held that the law is clear that only an aspirant in a primary election conducted for the purpose of nominating candidates for election, can lawfully challenge the outcome and not any other party member.

In another appeal, that was predicated on the failure to serve originating summon on the defendant, the court held that since the aggrieved defendant participated in the matter from the beginning to the end, the issue of service can no longer take the front burner.

Tayo Olabode, who led a team of the ward delegates, had in his suit on behalf of his colleagues, alleged that they were disenfranchised from participating in the governorship primary election.

Specifically, he requested the court to quash the primary election that produced Adebutu on the grounds that unlawful delegates conducted the primary election.

At the proceedings, the Justices put various questions to the lawyers in the appeals, which were answered negatively.

Justice kekere-Ekun, consequently dismissed the appeals on the ground that the have no legs to stand upon.

Lawal and Adebutu,
had both laid claim as gubernatorial candidates of the party ahead of the 2023 general election.

By Garry Ochigbo,Edited by Grace Namiji

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