The Abuja Supreme Court has ordered the postponement of the dispute that arose from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election in Ogun State.
Governor aspirant Jimi Lawal had filed a lawsuit challenging the emergence of Oladipupo Adebutu as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
He had asked the court to annul the so-called May 25 primary election and order another one with genuine ad hoc delegates.
A federal high court had, on July 29, refused to hear Mr. Lawal’s case on the merits. The court insisted that the PDP primary election was a national matter.
Mr Lawal addressed the Abuja Court of Appeal with a prayer that the High Court’s decision be overturned, citing miscarriage of justice.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal, in its judgment delivered on September 30, ruled in favor of Jimi Lawal, quashed the judgment of the High Court and ordered that the case be heard on the merits.
After the PDP approached the Supreme Court to uphold the judgment of the Federal High Court, the Supreme Court agreed with the Abuja Court of Appeal that the High Court had jurisdiction under Article 285 of the Constitution of 1999 and section 84 [14) of the Electoral Act 2022 to hear the suit on its merit.
It also ordered that the case be remitted to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja for determination by another judge other than Taiwo Taiwo who declined to entertain the case.