The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed Oladipupo Adebutu as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun State.
The apex court made the declaration in its ruling on an appeal filed by the party’s governorship aspirant in the state, Jimi Lawal.
Lawal had challenged the May 25, 2022 governorship primary that produced Adebutu as the PDP candidate in the state over alleged irregularities in the exercise.
In the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, he claimed that the list of delegates for the exercise was not in tandem with the names of people elected at the ward congresses held early last year.
The plaintiff urged the court to nullify the exercise and order a fresh one in the state.
However, the court and the Appeal Court also in Abuja dismissed the case for lack of merit.
Dissatisfied with both rulings, the aggrieved aspirant approached the Supreme Court to set them aside.
At Tuesday’s proceeding, a five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun dismissed three other appeals filed by some PDP ward delegates in the state on the grounds that they failed to disclose a reasonable cause of action.
The Supreme Court held that the delegates who claimed they were prevented from taking part in the primary election that produced Adebutu as the party’s candidate could not initiate any court action against the outcome of the election since they were not aspirants.
The panel declared that only an aspirant that participated in a primary election organised by a political party can lawfully challenge its outcome.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: 4 yrs after completion, Kwara PHC facility inactive, rural dwellers in pains
In the middle of the night sometime in September 2019, Fatimah Ballah struggled with severe pains as she tries to...
INVESTIGATION: How Oyo State, contractors spent N1.1bn on water projects, but communities don’t have a drop
Multimillion naira water projects largely initiated by the late Abiola Ajimobi-led state government in Oyo State to benefit over 40...
INVESTIGATION: In Cross River, civil servants retire into poverty as govt looks away, squanders funds on frivolities
Thousands of civil servants in Cross River State struggle to stay alive as they are denied their gratuities and monthly...
Students suffer as contractors abandon Kano school projects after receiving over N70m
In 2019, to improve the condition of public schools in Kano State, the Federal Government disbursed millions of naira to...
SPECIAL REPORT: World Bank road projects go bad in Enugu, as state govt fails to fulfill promise
Counterpart funded road projects between the world Bank and Enugu State government have started to fail, as the state government...