Osun 2022 Guber: Oyetola Is Qualified To Contest, Court Rules
The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit brought by Moshood Adeoti, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking the disqualification of Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, as the APC flag bearer for the July 16 governorship election in the state.
Adeoti was one of the aspirants in the February 19 APC governorship primary for the state which was won by Governor Oyetola.
He filed the case seeking the governor’s disqualification through his legal team, led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chiesonu Okpoko.
In the originating summons, he prayed the court to nullify Oyetola’s candidacy because the governor contested in the poll as a member of the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
The plaintiff argued that 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 Constitution.
According to him, the second defendant (Oyetola) ought to have resigned his membership of the APC’s CECPC and leave office as an officer of APC at least 30 days prior to the date of the Osun State primary election, to qualify for participation in the said party primary election.
Delivering Judgement, Justice Inyang Ekwo, stated that the plaintiff, Moshood Adeoti, failed to support the process with relevant laws, and as such, showed no cause of action in the suit which makes it a gross abuse of court process.
Justice Inyang added that the suit instituted falls outside the scope of section 87(9) of the Electoral Act and Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Governor Oyetola is seeking to extend his tenure in office by another four years, having won the last election held in 2018.