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Court dismisses suit seeking Oyetola’s disqualification

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking the disqualification of Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the July 16 governorship election.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, said that the plaintiff, Moshood Adeoti, failed to apply relevant laws which showed no cause of action in the suit, thereby makes it a gross abuse of court process.

Justice Inyang noted that the suit did not fall within the scope of section 87(9) of the Electoral Act and Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Adeoti is a chieftain of the APC and one of the aspirants had lost the ticket to Governor Oyetola in the February 19 APC governorship primary for the state.

In the originating summons, he prayed the court to nullify Oyetola’s candidacy on the grounds that the governor contested in the poll as a member of the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

The plaintiff said the act contravened the provisions of Section 222 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 31(iii) of the APC, October 2014 (as amended).