Saraki Wants Dismissal of Opponent’s Petition

Saraki Wants Dismissal of Opponent’s Petition

Former Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki has asked the Court of Appeal in Abuja, to dismiss an appeal brought against his election into the Senate by Alhaji Lasisi Jimoh.

The two Peoples Democratic Party stalwarts are engaged in a legal battle over the Kwara Central Senatorial seat, which Saraki presently occupies.

When the matter came up on Tuesday, Saraki represented by his counsel, Lateef Fagbemi, (SAN), asked the court to decline jurisdiction in the appeal because Jimoh lacked the locus standi to institute the action.

Saraki said Jimoh could not challenge the election outcome, especially as he did not participate in the exercise.

He argued that the primary election that produced him was an internal affair of the PDP, which, in law, cannot be queried by any law court.

The former governor also faulted the suit that resulted in the appeal, stressing that it was filed at the Abuja Federal High Court six days to the constitution of the Kwara State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal.

He maintained that since Jimoh filed his case after the election, he ought to have approached the tribunal and not a regular court.

Saraki asked the appellate court to hold that it had no jurisdiction to entertain the appeal.


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