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Adeleke's governorship bid thwarted, court okays Babayemi

Ademola-Adeleke

Ademola Adeleke

Senator Ademola Adeleke’s bid to run for the governorship election in Osun State has been thwarted for now, following the ruling of the State High court.

The court in Ijebu Ijesa ruled that he is not the authentic candidate of the PDP for July 16 governorship election.

Justice Adeyinka Aderigbigbe instead urged the INEC and PDP to recognise Dotun Babayemi as the valid candidate of the party pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.

He also ordered that the governorship primary election be conducted by the 215 wards executive in line with its earlier ruling on the validity of delegates qualified to vote on the exercise.

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Justice Aderigbigbe had on March 3, had in an exparte motion brought before it by one Adedokun Ademola and 29 others ruled that only the 215 wards executive, in line with the judgement of another state High Court delivered on November 22, 2021 were qualified to vote in the exercise.

The court averred that exercise embarked upon by the National Working Committee of the party was null and void.

Justice Aderibigbe said the actions were taken in flagrant disobedience to the judgement of November 22, 2021, which recognized the Ward Executive Officers which produced delegates for the primaries.

The court adjourned the matter till March 16, 2022, for further hearing

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