Court Dismisses Ogun APC Suit, Orders It To Pay N6 Million Costs To PDP
A Federal High Court, Abeokuta, has dismissed an application filed by the Ogun State APC, to challenge the nomination of Prince Adekunle Akinlade as the state PDP’S Deputy Governorship Candidate.
Justice Obehi Malik, dismissing the suit, directed the state APC to pay N2 million costs, each to Akinlade, the state PDP and the PDP governorship candidate, Honorable Ladi Adebutu.
The state APC, through its lead counsel Habeb Ajayi, in its application wants the court to disqualify the PDP from fielding candidate in the 2023 governorship poll in the state.
The APC counsel had based his claim on the ground that Akinlade was not duly nominated by the PDP for its deputy governorship ticket.
During the Wednesday’s session in the court, the judge dismissed the application after listening to the final argument by the PDP lead counsels, chief Mike Ozekhome and Professor Amuda Kanike and the Barrister Habeen Ajayi for the APC.
Dismissing the application, Justice Malik warns political parties in the state to stop approaching courts with frivolous petitions.
Earlier, the Ogun State APC says it has withdrawn the application it filed before a Federal High Court, Abeokuta, seeking the disqualification of the Ogun State PDP from contesting the 2023 governorship poll.
The state APC in a statement by its spokesman, Tunde Oladunjoye says it had earlier notified the court of its discontinuation of the case.
Oladunjoye explains that the APC decided to discontinue the case, after the Independent National Electoral Commission, which is a defendant, had complied with the judgement of the same court, by disqualifying the PDP from the 2023 governorship poll in Ogun State.
The party urges people in the state to continue to support the Abiodun administration who according to it, had been delivering good and unprecedented dividends of democracy.