Court clears Ambode for April 11 guber poll

It was made known that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has dismissed a suit seeking to stop the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, from contesting the April 11 poll.

The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa declared that the plaintiffs had no locus standi to institute the legal action. The judge also held that the plaintiffs failed to establish any reasonable cause of action to sustain their prayers.

“None of the plaintiffs in the instant suit is an aspirant to be conferred with legal right,” Justice Yunusa asserted as he dismissed the suit.

The plaintiffs, Olorunfemi Oluwatosin and Dada Joseph, who are members of the APC, had approached the court seeking an order to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission from allowing APC to field any candidate for the coming Saturday’ governorship election in Lagos state.

‪In the suit filed by their lawyer, Samuel Adeniyi, the plaintiffs were challenging their alleged disenfranchisement in the party primary that produced Ambode in December last year.

They alleged that the primary was fraught with and predicated on irregularities and that the party’s ward congresses, which were supposed to be conducted only in the 20 recognised local goverment areas of Lagos State, were also extended to the 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

‪They also alleged that secret ballot rather than open ballot system was used during the congresses, arguing that same had rendered the process illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

‪Joined as defendants in the suit were APC, the INEC and Ambode.

‪Also joined as defendants were the other aspirants who vied for the party’s governorship ticket with Ambode: Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Dr. Leke Pitan, Tayo Ayinde, Olasupo Shasore, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Mrs. Tokunbo Agbesanwa, Dr. Tola Kasali, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Lanre Ope, Tokunbo Wahab, Adekunle Disu and Abayomi Sutton.

 

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