June 5, 2023

Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Thursday, struck out a suit seeking nullification of submission of name of Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun governorship election dated July 26, 2022

The Complaint ,Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman had dragged INEC (Independent Electoral Commission), People’s Democratic party (PDP) and Adeleke before the court seeking order to void and set the submission of Adeleke’s name to INEC on ground of alleged unlawful action as the plantiff grievance was that Adeleke’s name was hurriedly submitted by PDP on the date ,11th of March 2022 against INEC guidelines between March 14-18.

Since Adeleke didn’t submit his name fixed by the INEC ,Awoyemi asked the court to declare the submission, illegal, unlawful, null and void and be set aside

But the Judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu struck down the suit on the ground that the plaintiff lacked locus standi to institute the case. Awoyemi claimed that INEC must be bound by its official guidelines and that anything done outside the guidelines is against the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.

The Judge held in his judgement that the suit was statute barred having been fixed outside the 14 days stipulated by section 285 of the 1999 Constitution that all pre-election suits must be filed, and that the instant suit was filed after 28 days.

Marvelous Ogidi

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