Adeleke Qualifies to contest Osun Gov Polls, Appeal Court Rules

Written by on May 30, 2019

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has rejected the April 2, 2019 judgement of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Bwari, which earlier voided Senator Ademola Adeleke’s candidacy for the 2018 governorship election in Osun State.

Justice Emmanuel Agim faulted the trial court for assuming jurisdiction over the case filed by Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb outside the fourteen days prescribed for pre-election cases by the constitution.

Justice Agim said the case was statute barred, the plaintiff, having not complied with Section 285 of the Constitution in the filing of the case and the trial judge, having failed to deliver its judgment within eighty days.

He awarded three million naira in favour of Adeleke, to be paid by Raheem and Habeeb, who were plaintiffs at the trial court.

Justice Othman Musaon of the High Court had voided Adeleke’s candidacy on the grounds that he was not qualified.


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