Tuesday, November 22, 2022
The Supreme Court docket on Monday dismissed an enchantment filed by the PDP on the lingering authorized battle on the nomination of its governorship candidate in Ogun State.
The apex courtroom ordered that the swimsuit instituted by Jimi Lawal, a governorship aspirant, be remitted to the Federal Excessive Court docket for a recent trial.
Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, in a unanimous judgement of a five-member panel of justices of the apex courtroom, ordered that the excessive courtroom should speedily hear the case throughout the time allowed by legislation.
The justices agreed with the Court docket of Attraction in Abuja that the excessive courtroom has jurisdiction below part 285 of the 1999 Structure and part 84 [14) of the Electoral Act 2022 to listen to the matter on its benefit.
The apex courtroom, due to this fact, ordered that the case be remitted to the chief choose of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja for dedication by one other choose aside from Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who refused to entertain the swimsuit.
Mr Lawal, who contested the Might 25 governorship main election of PDP, had challenged the emergence of Oladipupo Adebutu, alleging that PDP used an illegal delegates listing to conduct the election.
Amongst others, Mr Lawal had prayed that the purported main election of Might 25 is cancelled and one other one be performed with the genuine advert hoc delegates.
Nonetheless, Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the FCT Federal Excessive Court docket, in his judgment delivered on July 29, declined to listen to the swimsuit of Mr Lawal on benefit as a result of the first election was a home affair of any political occasion and dismissed the case.
Not happy, Mr Lawal approached the Court docket of Attraction in Abuja with a prayer that the excessive courtroom’s choice be voided and put aside on the bottom of miscarriage of justice.
A 3-member panel of justices of the Court docket of Attraction, of their judgement delivered on September 30, agreed with Mr Lawal, put aside the excessive courtroom’s judgement and ordered that the swimsuit be heard on its benefit.
The PDP, not happy with the Court docket of Attraction choice, approached the Supreme Court docket on October 14, praying that the judgement of the Court docket of Attraction is rejected and that of the Federal Excessive Court docket be upheld to the impact that the conduct of the first election is a home affair.
However Justice Saulawa disagreed with PDP holding that by part 285 of the 1999 Structure and Part 84 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the Federal Excessive Court docket has the facility to listen to the case.
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