Osun 2022: Court dismisses Adeleke’s application, fixes May 18 for judgement

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BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has dismissed an application brought by some persons seeking to be joint parties in a case instituted by a factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the July 16 governorship election in Osun State, Dotun Babayemi.

After listening to arguments by all counsels to the respective parties, the court, presided over by Justice N Ayo-Emmanuel on Monday, adjourned till Wednesday, May 18, for delivery of judgement in a suit No: FHC/OS/CS/26/2022 instituted by Omooba Dotun Babayemi against the PDP, INEC and Senator Ademola Adeleke.

In the suit, Babayemi is challenging that the nomination and submission of Senator Adeleke by the PDP to INEC and the validity of the governorship primaries conducted at the stadium against the authenticated delegates who voted at the party primaries at WOCDIF as ordered by the court.

While Mallam Yusuf Ali (SAN) led other counsels for the plaintiff, Mr Atolagbe, appeared for the PDP and Jimi- Bada for Senator Adeleke.

It will be recalled that on March 3, 2022, an Osun State High Court sitting in Ijebu-Jesa, had authenticated the Ward Congress that produced 215 delegates under the then state Chairman.

On 10th March, 2022, again, the same court pronounced that the PDP governorship primary election that produced Babayemi as the gubernatorial candidate, was the legally recognised because the delegates that voted for him were the ones backed by the law.