Adebutu Files The Suit Challenging The Refusal of INEC

Adebutu had filed the suit challenging the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to accept his candidacy and for the nomination of Kashamu.

Stating that the PDP National Working Committee reserved the power to conduct primary election for nomination of candidates ahead of the 2019 general election, the trial judge held that the National Working Committee must not do so in violation of any court judgment.

The Justice Ajoke Adepoju-led court on Monday held that Adebutu, who was nominated by the National Working Committee of PDP for the governorship election, can’t maintain his suit challenging Kashamu.

Justice Adepoju explained that the primary election, which produced Adebutu was conducted in violation of a subsisting court judgment.

Delivering judgment, the trial judge said that the PDP National Working Committee acted in bad faith by disregarding a subsisting judgment of a Federal High Court to produce the candidate.

Justice Adepoju said since PDP was a party in the judgment of the Honourable Justice Ibrahim Buba, the judgment of the court was binding on it and must be obeyed and respected so as to protect the sanctity of court in the interest of the rule of law.

Conclusively,  the Federal Capital Territory High Court has dismissed a suit instituted by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, against the nomination of Senator Buruji Kashamu as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the Ogun State governorship election scheduled for March 2, 2019.