Court fixes December 1 for judgment on Ogun PDP Governorship candidacy

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed December 1for judgment on the 2023 governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

Justice Ekwo fixed the date after taking arguments from parties.

The Nigerian News reports that Jimi Lawal and Oladipupo Adebutu, both governorship aspirants of the PDP, had laid claim and counter claim to the ticket.

Lawal, who contested the May 25 PDP governorship primary, had challenged the emergence of Adebutu, alleging that unlawful and invalid delegates list was fraudulently used by the party to conduct the election.

He, therefore, prayed that among others, the purported primary of May 25 should be cancelled, while another one would be conducted with the authentic ad-hoc delegates.

However, in his judgment delivered on July 29, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court refused to hear Lawal’s suit on merit, noting that the primary was a domestic affair of any political party and so, dismissed the suit.

Subsequently, the Supreme Court ordered the Federal High Court on November 21 to hear on merit, the suit filed against PDP and Adebutu by Lawal.

Justice Ibrahim Saulawa of the apex court, therefore, ordered speedy hearing into the suit after stating that the Federal High Court has jurisdiction to entertain the case.

At Thursday’s proceedings, Justice Ekwo, in compliance with the Supreme Court order, heard the case expeditiously considering the fact that the case would lapse by December 2.

Consequently, Justice Ekwo declared that he will deliver judgment in the suit on December 1.

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