The Federal High Court in Abuja under the ruling of Justice Inyang Ekwo has dismissed a suit seeking to disqualify the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the state’s governorship election scheduled to hold on July 16.
Justice Ekwo ruled that the plaintiff, Moshood Adeoti, failed to support the process with relevant laws which therefore showed no cause of action in the suit, making it a gross abuse of the court process.
The judge noted that the suit instituted falls outside the scope of section 87(9) of the Electoral Act and Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Adeoti a chieftain of the APC was one of the aspirants in the February 19 APC governorship primary for the state but he lost the ticket to Governor Oyetola.
After losing the ticket, Adeoti through his legal team led by Chiesonu Okpoko (SAN), filed the case seeking the nullification of Oyetola’s candidacy on the grounds that the governor contested in the poll as a member of the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
Adeoti argued that the act contravened the provisions of Section 222 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 31(iii) of the APC, October 2014 (as amended).
He added that to qualify for participation in the party’s primary election, Oyetola ought to have resigned as a member of the APC’s CECPC and leave office as an officer of APC at least 30 days before the state’s primary election.