- A suit by some loyalists of the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has been thrown out by a Federal High Court
- The suit is seeking to invalidate ward congress held by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 31, 2021
- According to the court, the suit brought before the court was strictly party affairs, which it lacks jurisdiction on
In what can be described as a big blow, the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has denied jurisdiction to entertain the case instituted by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
About 2,517 aggrieved members of the party loyal to the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in Osun state, had approached the court to invalidate the ward congress held on July 31, 2021.
However, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola said the suit brought before the court was strictly party affairs, and the court lacks jurisdiction on the matter, The Nation Newspaper reports.
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“The claims of the plaintiffs are to draw the court to the internal affairs of the party which is not enshrined in the constitution.
“Supreme Court has said court can’t interfere with the internal issue of the party unless it falls under Section 87(9) of the Electoral Act.
“The plaintiffs are not qualified to be called aspirants in the said congress. An aspirant is someone who participated in the election. Plaintiffs have no status under or right under S. 87(9).
“The fact remains that this matter does relate to the nomination of any candidate, accordingly, the dispute does not fall under Section 87(8) of Electoral Act and Section 251 of the CFRN. The case of the suit of covered by the law and can’t be adjudicated by the court.”
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APC leaders adopt Governor Oyetola as consensus candidate
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that APC leaders in Ede/Egbedore/Ejigbo federal constituency in Osun on Tuesday, November 30, banned other aspirants who would want to contest in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state from contesting against Governor Gboyega Oyetola in 2022.
It was reported that the leaders numbering about 100 from the four local government areas, who converged at the Ido-Osun in their numbers for the federal constituency meeting also reaffirmed their support for the re-election of Governor Oyetola.
The APC chairman in the federal constituency, Alhaji Gbadebo Ajao said they were impressed by the starling administrative style and unprecedented achievements of the governor in their federal consistency.
Former minister criticises Aregbesola
AbdulJelili Adesiyan, an ex-minister of police affairs, earlier reacted to the comments made by Rauf Aregbesola on people's defection to APC.
Aregbesola had alleged that some miscreants have dumped their party and joined the ruling APC.
The former minister, who recently defected to APC alongside Omisore, described Aregbesola's comment as reckless and idiotic.