*Tribunal strikes out petition against Oyetola’s election
A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit that sought to void the July 20, 2018 governorship primary of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Osun State.
The state’s incumbent Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola won the primary and proceeded to win the governorship election held on September 22 and 27 last year.
In a judgment on Friday, Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo held that the plaintiff, Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, could not prove his claim that the primary was held in violation of relevant laws
Adegoke, who came a distant 8th in the primary, filed the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/ CS/804/2018, in which he argued among others, that the primary was not held in compliance with the relevant provisions of the country’s Constitution, the Electoral Act, the constitution of the APC and its guidelines for the conduct of primaries.
Adegoke prayed the court to, among others, nullify the primary on the grounds that it was allegedly conducted in violation of the relevant laws.
Also, the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal, sitting in Apo, Abuja has struck out the petition by Jumoke Lawal and her party, the National Rescue Movement.
The petitioners had queried the legality of the governorship election on ground of alleged unlawful exclusion.
In a ruling on Friday, the tribunal, led by Justice Ibrahim Sirajo, struck out the petition after peteitioners’ lawyer, Oluwole Adja applied to withdraw it.
The tribunal awarded N50,000 cost against the petitioners.
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