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Court nullifies Oyetola’s nomination as APC Osun governorship candidate

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, nullified the nomination of Governor Isiaka Oyetola of Osun as the All Progressives Congress, APC’s candidate in the July 16 governorship election.
Justice Emeka Nwite, in a judgment, nullified Mr Oyetola and his deputy governorship candidate, Benedict Alabi, on grounds that Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, who submitted their names to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, violated the provisions of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 82(3) of the Electoral Act, 2022.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had filed the suit against Messrs Buni, Oyetola and others.
The PDP, through its counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, had, on April 7, commenced the suit, challenging the nomination and sponsorship of Mr Oyetola and his deputy as the duly nominated candidates of the APC for the recently concluded governorship poll, in which Ademola Adeleke was declared the winner by INEC.
Challenging the competence of the suit, Kunle Adegoke, SAN, who represented Oyetola, had contended, amongst other grounds, that the PDP did not have the locus to commence the action and that the suit was statute-barred.
But Mr Ogunwumiju argued that the plaintiff (PDP) rightly commenced the suit under Section 285(14) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
Delivering the judgment, Mr Nwite agreed with the submissions of the PDP counsel and declared as null and void, the nomination of Oyetola and Alabi by the APC.
The court also held that Mr Buni acted in contravention of the provision of Section 183 of the Constitution when he held dual executive positions as the governor of Yobe and the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of APC.
The court said that the decisions taken by Mr Buni, including forwarding the names of Messrs Oyetola and Alabi to INEC, amounted to a nullity in law.
NAN reports that INEC declared the candidate of the PDP, Mr Adeleke, the winner of the July 16 Osun governorship election.
The returning officer for the election and Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, announced that Adeleke got a total of 403,371 votes beating the incumbent, Mr Oyetola of the APC, who got 375,027 votes in a keenly contested race.
NAN
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  1. After he has contested election with contention over it in the election tribunal awaiting adjudication for the winner in the governorship contest.

    THIS IS HOW THE NIGERIAN JUDICIARY CAUSES PROBLEM FOR TE COUNTRY AS PART ND PARCEL OF THE NIGERIAN MIRAGE.

    This is most THOUGHTLESS and INSENSITIVE adjudication. Throwing spanner into the wheels for political turmoil and UNREST in the already volatile polity.

    What purpose this INJUSTICE serves will still have to be unraveled with yet much to be desired.

    OBSERVERS ARE ON THE LOOKOUT! AND WATCHING WITH CLOSE KIN CLOSE INTEREST.

    This judgement makes no sense only to cause more trouble and mayhem for the state of Osun.

    IT NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED AND OR PROBED. THERE HAS TO BE A JUDICIAL ENQUIRY FOR THSI TRAVESTY AND RAPE OF JUSTICE BY DAYLIGHT ROBBERY.

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