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Osun Guber: Tension As Court Delivers Judgment On Suit Seeking Governor Oyetola’s Disqualification

Osun Guber: Tension As Court Delivers Judgment On Suit Seeking Governor Oyetola’s Disqualification

The Federal High Court headquarters in Abuja is set to deliver judgement on a suit seeking the disqualification of the incumbent governor, Gboyega Oyetola from the gubernatorial poll.

Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo will this morning deliver the judgement ahead of the Osun State Governorship election coming up on Saturday.

Oyetola is being challenged by another governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Moshood Olalekan Adeoti.

Adeoti was the candidate of the faction loyal to former Osun State governor and current Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola in the February 19 primary election in Osun State, while Oyetola belonged to the camp of APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, now APC Presidential candidate.

At the time of this report, the court premises has been jam-packed by APC members, especially friends and sympathisers of the governor seeking to konw where the pendulum will swing to.

Adeoti, a former Secretary to Osun State Government filed the suit through his legal team led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chiesonu Okpoko.

In the originating summons, he is praying the court to nullify Oyetola’s candidacy on the grounds that the governor contested in the February 19 primary election as a member of the APC’s National Caretaker Extraordinary and Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

The plaintiff said the act contravened the provisions of Section 222 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 31(iii) of the APC, October 2014 (as amended).

According to him, governor Oyetola ought to have resigned his membership of the APC’s CECPC and leave office as an officer of APC at least 30 days prior to the date of the Osun State primary election, to qualify for participation in the said party primary election.

Governor Oyetola in the coming Saturday election is seeking second term in office by another four years, having won the last election held in 2018.

Several Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, led by Chief James Ogwu Onoja have also stormed the court for the landmark judgment.

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