Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has struck out a suit looking for invalidation of submission of the name of Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last July 26 election.
The judge on Thursday struck down the suit on the ground that the plaintiff lacked locus standi to initiate the case.
The plaintiff in the suit, Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman, had dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the PDP and Adeleke before the court looking for request to void and set aside the submission of Adeleke’s name to INEC on grounds of alleged unlawful action.
The grouse of the plaintiff was that Adeleke’s name was hurriedly submitted by PDP on March 11 as against between March 14 to 18 as contained in the INEC rules.
Adeleke’s name having not been submitted inside the period fixed by INEC, the plaintiff requested that the court announce the submission, illegal, unlawful, null, and void and be set aside.
He claimed that INEC should be bound by its official rules and that anything done outside the guidelines is against the provision of the Electoral Act 2022.
Nonetheless, in his judgment, Justice Obiora Egwuatu struck out the suit on the ground that the said Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman lacked locus standi to have established the case.
The Judge held likewise that the suit was statute barred having been fixed outside the 14 days specified by Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution that all pre-election suits should be filed in no less than 14 days while, the moment suit was filed after 28 days.
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