Court dismisses Adeseun’s suit seeking to nullify PDP primaries in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde lauds judgment

Seyi Makinde
Seyi Makinde

By Adebisi Fatima Shittu and David Adeoye

An Oyo State High Court  sitting in Ibadan has  dismissed the suit  instituted by Sen. Ayoade Adeseun seeking to nullify the primaries  conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in the state.

Adeseun and another applicant  also sought a court order to  nullify the election of all candidates of the PDP in the state.

Justice Ganiyu Sunmonu, however, dismissed the case,  saying  the primary was perfect and in line with the PDP constitution and the guidelines of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The case with suit Number  I /956/2018  was instituted by the claimants against the  PDP and the Independent Electoral Commission  (INEC) in October  2018.

Mr Lateef Adedigba , one of the defence counsel for the PDP which was the first defendant in the suit, expressed happiness at the outcome of the case.

” We thought otherwise and the judge agreed  with us.

” The judge said what was done in the  primary conducted was perfect and in line with the PDP constitution and in tandem with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act as amended.

“They wanted the court to set aside the  senatorial, governorship, House of  Representatives and state House of Assembly  primaries, claiming the party  did not follow normal procedure,” he said.

The PDP Chairman in the state, Mr Wasiu Adeleke, also described the judgment as a victory for democracy.

He assured the state of good governance under the leadership of the PDP.

The Oyo State governor-elect, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday hailed the judgment validating the primaries in which he emerged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.

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Makinde, who said it was the hallmark of democracy that the opinion of the minority should be heard, added that the judgment proved that the majority opinion was superior.

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Dotun Oyelade, Makinde lauded  the court for being objective and dispassionate in its judgment.

He appealed to the people of the state to forge ahead  in spite of the distractions caused by the suit.


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