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Court nullifies Ogun PDP guber re-run primary

By News Desk

The Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, has declared the purported governorship re-run primary election organized by a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as unconstitutional as well as illegal.

It ruled that the party’s governorship re-run primary organised by the Jimi Lawal faction of the PDP did not comply with the court’s directives and remained void.

In a ruling delivered on Friday, Justice Akintayo Aluko held that another primary be conducted in accordance with its directives and party’s guidelines.

The ruling was delivered on a suit filed before the court by the PDP and Oladipupo Adebutu with number FHC/AB/CS/220/2022 against Jimi Lawal and others.

As gathered, it was brought before the court after Jimi Lawal organized a fake rerun primary on last month which was described as a clear disobedience to the party’s guidelines and provision of the 2022 electoral act.

Aluko held that all three questions formulated in the plaintiffs’ originating summons were resolved in favour of the PDP and Adebutu.

The court declared that the purported Gubernatorial rerun Primary Election of the PDP in Ogun State purportedly conducted on the 17th October, 2022 was not conducted in compliance with the orders made by the Federal High Court, Abeokuta Division in Suit No: FHC/AB/CS/83/2022 between Adesegun Seriki and Ors v INEC and Ors and Suit No: FHC/AB/CS/87/2022 between Taiwo Olabode Idris and Ors v PDP and Ors both of which were delivered in September 2022.

The court further declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cannot validly accept the name of Jimi Lawal as the candidate of the PDP as the purported re-run Governorship Primary Election is illegal, unconstitutional, and void.

It would be recalled that Lawal had approached the Federal High Court in Abeokuta with an application for a writ of Mandamus for the purpose of compelling INEC to accept the result of the fake rerun primary in suit No: FHC/AB/CS/222/2022 filed by Taiwo Olabode Idris and others (Jimi LAWAL’s cohorts) against INEC which was struck out by the court.

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