- The Supreme Court has dismissed four appeals against the PDP and its governorship candidate in Ogun state, Oladipupo Adebutu
- Jimi Lawal, one of the governorship aspirants and some other ward delegates filed appeals before the court
- Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, reading the decision of the 5-man panel of justice, said the plaintiffs did not have the legal standing to challenge the result of the primary
The legal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state appears to be coming to an end as the Supreme Court dismissed four appeals on the governorship ticket of the party.
The apex court dismissed the appeal which was filed by Jimi Lawal, one of the governorship aspirants of the party and some ward delegates, stating that they have no cause of action, Channels Television reported.
The court unanimously affirmed the candidacy of Oladipupo Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 general election.
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A 5-man panel of justices led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun gave the verdict following the withdrawals by the lawyers of the plaintiffs.
Tayo Olabode, who filed one of the appeals against the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu, had his case dismissed on the ground that he lacked the locus standi to do so.
The judges agreed that the delegates who are claiming to have been disenfranchised in the PDP primary did not have the legal right to initiate court action against the party’s primary and its winner, Adebutu, because they were not aspirants in the election.
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According to the apex court, only aspirants in a primary election are meant to nominate a candidate for the party and have the legal right to challenge the outcome of the primary, not any other member of the party.
Another appeal was dismissed over failure to serve an originating summons on the defendant, the court maintained that since the aggrieved defendant took part in the matter from the beginning to the end, it was necessary.
Supreme court delivers judgement on two interlocutory appeals against PDP governorship candidate in Ogun
Legit.ng earlier reported that the supreme court has dismissed two interlocutory appeals instituted by an aggrieved governorship aspirant of the PDP, Jimi Lawal, in Ogun state.
A 5-man panel of justices led by Justice Kudirat Kekere Ekun on Wednesday dismissed the appeal following the dramatic withdrawal of the appellant’s counsel, Chukwudi Enebeli.
According to the apex court, interlocutory appeals that are time bound are not always welcome.