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Again, court affirms Adebutu as guber candidate

By Seye Olumide (Ibadan) and Ameh Ochojila (Abuja)
02 December 2022   |   4:14 am
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, affirmed Oladipupo Adebutu as the authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

Ladi Adebutu

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, affirmed Oladipupo Adebutu as the authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, re-affirmed Adebutu as winner of the governorship primary of the PDP after dismissing a suit by Jimi Lawal for lacking reliable and credible evidence.

Justice Ekwo described Lawal as a “spoiler,” having joined the PDP in March from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and participated in governorship primary held in May.

The court also held that the delegates’ list that Lawal is challenging was the same approved by the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which was used during the primary election in which Adebutu emerged as the candidate of the party.

“I have no reason to say that the primary election was invalid, null, and void. Upon reviewing the evidence, I find that the plaintiff attempted to use a further affidavit to amend his originating summons.

“The case of the plaintiff has been debunked by exhibits of the defendants. I find that the case of the plaintiff lacks credible evidence and I make an order dismissing the case,” Justice Ekwo ruled.

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