The camp of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship aspirant in Ogun State, Segun Showunmi has clarified the ruling of the Appeal Court in the case between Showunmi and the party in the state.
A statement signed by Counsel to Showunmi, Monday Mawah (Esq) which was released on Saturday revealed that there has been desperate attempts by some persons to rewrite the clear pronouncement of the appellate court.
The statement clarified that the judgement by the higher court set aside the judgement of the Ogun State High Court which claimed it had no jurisdiction to hear the case adding that the issue brought by Showunmi before the Court of Appeal was whether or not the Ogun State High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, was right to have declined jurisdiction to entertain the matter brought before it.
The statement further read,
“The Court of Appeal in a considered judgement held that the lower court was wrong to have declined jurisdiction, ruling that the matter brought before it was not a pre-election matter.”
“The Court went further to hold that the lower court was also wrong to have declined jurisdiction on the grounds of non-joinder of the Ogun State PDP Exco.”
“On the whole, the Court of Appeal allowed the Appeal and set aside the ruling of the lower court.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we want to put it on record that our client, Segun Showunmi, won his case at the Court of Appeal.”
The statement thereafter warned those it tagged “mischief makers” to desist from misrepresenting the judgement of the Appeal Court.
Showunmi, a former spokesperson to the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, had sued the party’s executive committee in Ogun State ahead of the governorship primary election held in the state on 25 May.
Showunmi’s group held parallel governorship primaries where he was declared the winner, but it was the one organised by Adebutu’s camp that was recognised by the party and INEC.
In his suit at the high court, Showunmi accused the state executives of bias and conflict of interest on the grounds that they allegedly purchased form for Adebutu ahead of the primary election.
The High Court dismissed the suit on the grounds that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter.
Displeased with the judgement, Showunmi approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the dismissal of his suit.