PDP lawsuit contesting Oyetola’s candidacy is dismissed by the Supreme Court

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On Thursday, the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, filed an appeal with the Supreme Court asking that Gboyega Oyetola, the former governor of Osun State, and Benedict Alabi, his deputy, be disqualified from standing for governor on July 16, 2022.

Oyetola and Alabi were disqualified from running in the governor’s race by Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court in Abuja on the grounds that Mai Mala Buni, the interim chairman of the APC and the governor of Yobe State, had signed off on their nomination forms.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja overturned Justice Nwite’s decision in a decision from December of last year, and the PDP challenged that verdict to the Supreme Court.

A five-member Supreme Court panel led by Justice Centus Nweze ruled on Thursday morning that the PDP’s appeal was unfounded and ordered its attorney, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), to withdraw it.

The court ruled that the PDP was not permitted by law to contest the procedures used to choose Oyetola and Alabi to represent the APC in the election.

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