Supreme Court affirms Adeleke as Osun PDP governorship candidate


The Supreme Court has affirmed Ademola Adeleke as the duly elected governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The suit was instituted by Dotun Babayemi, a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Amina Augie, the five-member panel held that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit after counsel for the appellant, Adebayo Adelodun, withdrew the earlier notice of appeal that was filed within time.

Two factions of the party had, on March 8, conducted separate governorship primaries featuring Adeleke and Babayemi.

Babayemi was declared the winner of the primary held at the Children and Women Development Centre in Osogbo, while the primary held at Osogbo City Stadium and backed by the PDP national working committee produced Adeleke.

In a list of candidates later released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Adeleke was recognised as the duly-elected candidate for the PDP.

Also, the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, in its judgment of July 20 on the appeal filed against the decision of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, aligned with the lower court and dismissed Babayemi’s appeal.

After his victory at the party’s primary, Adeleke trounced Governor Gboyega Oyetola of All Progressives Congress at the governorship election in the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission in July said Adeleke won 17 of the 30 local government areas during the election whilst Oyetola who sought re-election won 13 local governments.

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