- Oladipupo Adebutu has been affirmed as the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s governorship primary in Ogun state
- Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja gave the verdict on Thursday, December 1, and dismissed Jimi Lawal's suit
- The presiding judge held that Lawal's suit lacked reliable and credible evidence just as he described the guber aspirant as a "spoile"
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Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the verdict on Thursday, December 1, after dismissing a suit by Jimi Lawal for lacking reliable and credible evidence, Channels TV reported.
Ogun PDP guber primary: How Jimi Lawal challenged Adebutu's victory
Recall that Lawal contested the May 25 governorship primary election of PDP but lost to Adebutu.
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After his loss, he proceeded to court and challenged the emergence of Adebutu.
He alleged that an invalid delegates list was fraudulently used by the PDP to conduct the primary election.
Lawal had prayed that the purported primary be cancelled and another conducted with the authentic ad hoc delegates.
Lawal versus Adebutu: Judge rules
Delivering Judgement, Justice Ekwo described Lawal as a “spoiler”, having joined the PDP in March from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and participated in governorship primary held in May.
The court also held that the delegates list, which Lawal challenged, is the same list approved by the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It added that it was the same list that was used during the primaries, which produced Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the opposition party.
Ogun PDP governorship primary: Appeal court's previous ruling
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, set aside the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abeokuta, which ordered the PDP to conduct fresh governorship primaries in the state.
Justice O O Oguntoyin of the Federal High Court ordered the state executive council of the PDP to hold another primary within 14 days. The suit was filed by some members of the PDP who were working for Jimi Lawal.
But Justice Folasade of the appeal court on Monday, November 28, faulted the judgment, adding that only the National Working Committee of the PDP has the power to conduct the primary.