Ogun PDP Gov. Pry: A’Court Upturns Adebutu’s Victory, Declares Showunmi Winner
An Abuja division of Appeal Court sitting n Abuja, has upturned the victory of Oladipupo Adebutu, in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary election, by declaring a factional Governorship Candidate, Segun Showunmi, as the winner of the election in Ogun State.
According to the lawyers, the implication of the ruling in the suit filed by Showunmi against the party, Adebutu and others, is that Showunmi remains the candidate of the main opposition party in Ogun State unless otherwise ruled.
The Appellant, Sowunmi, had complained to the lower court that the Ogun State Executive of the party acted in bias when they allegedly purchased nomination and interest forms for Adebutu, the third respondent, without doing same for the other candidates, who purchased the forms legally, including himself.
The lower court was said to have hastily declined jurisdiction, reportedly relying on Section 285(14) Para (A)-(C) of the 1999 Constitution.
Dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court, Showunmi, immediately approached the Appeal Court through his lawyer, Mawah Monday, and challenged the decision
Consequently, upon instruction, his Lawyer, lodged an appeal and formulated three grounds of Appeal, which were allowed last Friday.
The Court of Appeal judgement that lasted over an hour, presided over by Justice Chide Nwaoma Uwa, allowed the appeal and set aside the ruling of the Lower Court.