Court Upholds Election Of Aderinokun As Ogun Central PDP Senatorial Candidate

Femi Adeleke
A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Thursday struck out a suit challenging the election of Olumide Aderinokun as the Ogun Central Senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
An aggrieved member of the party, Dada Kolawola dragged PDP, Aderinokun and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the court seeking the nullification of the primary election that produced Aderinokun as the Ogun Central Senatorial candidate of the party.
But, in her judgment, Justice O.O Oguntoyinbo struck out the case for lack of competent.
Reacting to the judgement, counsel to Aderinokun, Stanly Imhanruor insisted that, by the virtue of the judgement his client remains the party flagbearer for Ogun Central Senatorial District.
Imhanruor in an interview with journalists, shortly after the judgement stated that, Justice O O Oguntoyinbo ruled that Aderinokun was duly nominated having satisfied the law and therefore stands to contest in the election.
“Sometime in June, one Dada Kolawola filed a suit against PDP and INEC. They were at the point of arguing the originating summon and my client instructed me that he join the suit because he is a nominated candidate of the people Democratic Party.
“We were in Court this morning, off course struck out their case because their suit is not a competent suit. They approach the court, asking the court to declare him that Engr. Dada Kolawole Oduntan as the dully nominated candidate of the PDP.
“We contested that position that No!, Olumide Aderinokun is the dully nominated candidate. You no the party was pularised during the congress but this particular part of my own client was regular with a party structure but they just wanted to go their own way and they went to court to claim it.
“But the court said their suit is not initiated in line with the due process of the law. The originated summon was not properly initiated and the same initial petitioner not known to law. And on that basic, the court strucked out the suit”, he stressed.
When asked how the judgement will affects the judgement declaring all aspirants to have a rerun, Imhanruor noted that, “By the judgment of today, my client remains the candidate of the PDP”.
“Incidentally, it is the same judge that give that judgment of last Tuesday and today. Now, in that particular judgment, the one of last week Tuesday I think that was on 27th of September the one of Seriki against PDP.  The Court in that case refused to grant the release such that Seriki and others against my client and others.
“However, the court then ordered that first primaries be held that will accommodate all the contending factions. In this particular one, the court declare jurisdiction. The court did not go to the demerit of the case because the declared jurisdiction that he doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear the matter on the ground that the originating summon was not dully signed by legal practitioner known to law”.
Meanwhile, in his reaction, the counsel to the plaintiff, Abiodun Aboaba maintained that his team will speak on outcome of the judgement once he can assess the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgement.
“Commenting on the judgement will not be appropriate at the moment. Once we get the CTC of the judgement, I will let you know”, Aboaba said.