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Supreme court takes final decision on PDP governorship candidate’s fate

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Jubilation Erupts As Supreme Court Gives Final Verdict on PDP Governorship Candidate

  • The supreme court has dismissed 4 appeals against the PDP and its governorship candidate in Ogun state, Oladipupo Adebutu
  • Jimi Lawal, one of the governorship aspirants and some other ward delegates have filed appeals before the court
  • Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, reading the decision of the 5-man panel of justice, said the plaintiffs did not have the legal standing to challenge the result of the primary

The legal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state appeared to be coming to an end as the supreme court dismissed 4 appeals on the governorship ticket of the party.

The apex court dismissed the appeal which was filed by Jimi Lawal, one of the governorship aspirants of the party and some ward delegates, stating that they have no cause of action, Channels Television reported.

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Supreme court dismisses 4 appeals against PDP candidate in Ogun Photo Credit: PDP Update

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The court unanimously affirmed the candidacy of Oladipupo Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 general election.

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A 5-man panel of justices led by Justices Kudirat Kekere-Ekun gave the verdict following the withdrawals by the lawyers of the plaintiffs.

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Tayo Olabode, who filed one of the appeals against the PDP guber candidate, Oladipupo Adebutu, has his case dismissed on the ground that he lacked the locus standi to do so.

The judges agreed that the delegates who are claiming to have been disenfranchised in the PDP primary did not have the legal right to initiate court action against the primary and its winner, Adebutu, because they were not aspirants in the election.

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According to the apex court, only aspirants in a primary election meant to nominate a candidate for the party have the legal right to challenge the outcome of the primary and not any other member of the party.

Another appeal was dismissed over failure to serve originating summon on the defendant, the court maintained that since the aggrieved defendant took part in the matter from the beginning to the end.

Supreme court delivers judgement on 2 interlocutory appeals against PDP guber candidate in Ogun

Legit.ng earlier reported that the supreme court has dismissed 2 interlocutory appeals instituted by an aggrieved governorship aspirant of the PDP, Jimi Lawal, in Ogun state.

A 5-man panel of justices led by Justice Kudirat Kekere Ekun on Wednesday dismissed the appeal following the dramatic withdrawal of the appellant’s counsel, Chukwudi Enebeli.

According to the apex court, interlocutory appeals that are time bound are not always welcome.

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Obaseki’s Edo PDP Faction wins Supreme Court Judgement

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BREAKING: Jubilation as Court Gives Final Verdict on Powerful PDP Gov’s Case in Top Southern State

  • On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed Dan Orbih’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction’s appeal, which sought to challenge the party primaries that produced the current Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
  • The appeal against the emergence of Godwin Obaseki was declared inadmissible by a five-judge court panel
  • Justice Centus Nweze observed in the main judgment that an appeal must be based on grounds presented to the lower court for it to be eligible for review

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has reacted to the Supreme Court Verdict on the Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis.

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, Obaseki described the ruling as “No Victor, No vanquished” and called on all party members and Edo people to unite with the party and government to rescue Nigeria.

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Obaseki reacts to Supreme Court’s judgement. Photo credit: Governor Godwin Obaseki

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Obaseki lauds Supreme Court’s recent judgement

Obaseki in a statement shared on his Facebook page and sighted by Legit.ng, on Wednesday night, said,

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“The ruling of the Supreme Court today, finally put to rest the long-drawn legal tussle over the candidates that will fly the flag of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Edo State in the general election on the 25th of February and 11th of March 2023.

“As the leader of the party in the State, I implore all members to consider this development as the end of all strife within the Edo PDP and to note that this is a victory for all members. Our resolve now is to win the forthcoming general elections as this experience has made us stronger and better prepared to clinch victory.”

2023: Why tough time awaits Oshiomhole in February over his senatorial ambition

Meanwhile, Adams Oshiomhole, the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-Governor of Edo state, would be facing a tough time in the February 25 national assembly election.

Oshiomhole is contesting for Edo north senatorial seat in the forthcoming election but his major contender is a former political ally.

Also, because there won’t be a governorship election in the state, the central stage for the 2023 election in the state is the national assembly election.

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Panic 2 PDP governors apart from Wike’s camp reportedly threaten to dump Atiku

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More Trouble for Atiku as 2 PDP Governors Apart from Wike's Camp Reportedly Set to Dump Him

A few weeks before the 2023 general election, there are speculations that two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, apart from the G5 group, are threatening to withdraw their support for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The national chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, made the claim while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, January 31.

He was reacting to Atiku’s claim that he was in talks with the NNPP presidential candidate.

“Five governors are not with Atiku. These governors are coming from powerful states. The two others have been sending messages that they will not support Atiku.

“We thought that anyone contesting an election should put his house together. We left the PDP because we knew it would implode. It is not the same party as yesterday. In the next one week, some will leave the PDP,” Alkali said.

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Breaking: It’s finally over as prominent G5 governor takes strong action against Atiku, PDP

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BREAKING: Governor Wike Takes Strong Action Against Atiku, PDP

  • The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has withdrawn the approval he granted the PDP to use Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for Atiku’s rally
  • Wike through a letter written by his sports commissioner and addressed to Governor Tambuwal gave the reason for his action
  • Meanwhile, the Rivers state chapter of the PDP said it is not surprised by the governor’s action and revealed its next step

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Port Harcourt, Rivers state – Governor Nyesom Wike has withdrawn the approval he granted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council to use the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for Atiku Abubakar’s rally.

The Rivers state governor cancelled the approval in a letter dated Tuesday, January 31 written by the commissioner for sports, Christopher Green, The Nation reported.

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Governor Wike stops PDP presidential campaign council from using Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for Atiku’s rally. Photo credit: Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike – CON

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Legit.ng gathers that the letter was addressed to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, who is the director-general of the PDP Presidential Council.

PDP campaign allegedly planning to share venue with Rivers APC

The letter accused the Rivers Presidential Campaign Organisation of planning to share the use of the facility with a “faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Tonye Cole”.

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The letter said:

“Credible intelligence available to the government of Rivers State and recent developments now show that your Presidential Campaign Organisation is working in collaboration and in cahoot with a faction of the APC led by Tonye Patrick Cole and that it is the intention of your presidential campaign organisation to accommodate and share the approved facility for your campaign with the said faction of the APC.

“Government records show that the activities of the APC in Rivers have always been married by violence due largely to irreconcilable internal conflicts within the party including shootings and killings in the course of protest arising from the nomination process of delegates for primaries and detonation of explosives in the course of campaigns”.

The state government said it withdrew the approval because it would not risk damage to a state prized asset like the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium that could arise from the alleged planned collaboration with Toney Cole-led APC.

Rivers PDP reacts

Reacting, the spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers, Leloonu Nwibubase, confirmed the development.

He said the PDP was not surprised by Governor Wike’s action. According to him, the approval earlier granted by the Rivers state governor was a Greek gift.

“We will speak to the teeming PDP supporters and supporters of our presidential candidate in due course. We will continue with our campaign.

“We are very sure that the ultimate goal is for Rivers to vote Atiku Abubakar as their Presidential Candidate and that we will succeed. We will unveil our options,” he said.

PDP crisis worsens as Wike makes another strong allegation against Iyorchia Ayu

In another report, Governor Wike accused Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP national chairman, of ordering lawyers handling some of the party’s cases in Rivers state to withdraw their legal representations.

The Rivers governor described the alleged directive as anti-party, saying such acts would beget a corresponding reaction from the state chapter of the party.

He said this at the State School premises, Okehi 1, the venue of the Rivers state PDP campaign inauguration in Etche local government area on Monday, January 30.

Source: Legit.ng

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