Supreme Court Affirms Adebutu As Ogun PDP Governorship Candidate –
In a ruling, Justice Taiwo Taiwo (now retired) of the Federal High Court had declined to hear Lawal’s suit.
But on September 30, a three-member panel of the court of appeal held Justice Taiwo was wrong to have declined jurisdiction to entertain Lawal’s suit.
On November 21, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought before it by a PDP faction seeking to affirm Adebutu as the governorship candidate.
Delivering judgment on Tuesday, a five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun dismissed three of the appeals filed by some PDP ward delegates in Ogun state on the grounds that they failed to disclose a reasonable cause of action.
The court held that they have no locus standi to initiate any court action against the outcome of the election since they were not aspirants.
The apex court held that the Abuja Federal High Court was wrong to have declined jurisdiction to hear the suit brought before it by Lawal.
Consequently, the apex directed the case to be returned to the Federal High Court for retrial.
After the retrial, Adebutu was affirmed winner on December 1. Consequently, INEC has listed Adebutu as the state’s governorship candidate.
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