Court dismissed Adebutu’s Suit against Kashamu

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The suit by a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu has been dismissed by the Fedral capital territory High court yesterday.

The suit was against Senator Buruji Kashamu as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction in Ogun State for the March 2 governorship election.

Adebutu had by the suit: FCT/FT/CV/29/2019, confronted the refusal of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept his candidacy.

Justice Ajoke Adepoju in a judgment held that Adebutu could not maintain his suit against the defendant due to the fact that the primary election that produced him (Adebutu) was carried out in violation of a subsisting court judgment.

Justice Adepoju was of the opinion that PDP National Working Committee (NWC) acted in a bad way by overlooking a subsisting judgment of a federal high court to produce a candidate.

She stated that since PDP was a party in the judgments given by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the federal High court, the verdict of the court was binding on it and must be adhered to and respected in order to preserve the sanctity of court.

Justice Adepoju also said that it is PDP’s NWC that has the power to conduct governorship primary election but added that in its exercise of power must not act against the judgment of the court.

The judge however held that Adebutu’s suit cannot be upheld to declare him a governorship candidate for the reasons that PDP NWC that conducted the primary which produced him acted in violation of judgment of a federal high court delivered by Justice Buba.

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