Supreme Court dismisses suit against Oyetola’s participation in Osun poll

INEC the greatest beneficiary of Osun’s tribunal judgment – Oyetola

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking to overturn the nullification of Osun’s ex-Governor and Deputy, Gboyega Oyetola and Bendict Alabi, from the July 16, 2022 governorship election.

Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled on September 30, 2022, that Oyetola and Alabi’s participation in the governorship election was invalid because their nomination forms were endorsed by an acting Chairman of the APC who was also a serving governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

In December last year, the Court of Appeal in Abuja overturned Justice Nwite’s judgment, which the PDP appealed to the Supreme Court.

A five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Centus Nweze, ruled on Thursday morning that the PDP’s appeal was without merit and ordered the party’s lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), to withdraw it.

The court held that the PDP could not, under the law, question the process leading to the emergence of Oyetola and Alabi as candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

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