2023 Guber: Appeal Court did not confirm Sowunmi as PDP candidate – Adebutu

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, has dismissed as untrue a news circulating that the Appeal Court in Abuja had confirmed Segun Sowunmi as the party's candidate for governor in the state.

Adebutu disclosed this in a statement  signed by the Director of Media Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation Afolabi Orekoya said the purported affirmation of Sowunmi was a complete departure from the actual matter and a wrong interpretation of Appeal Court ruling.

The statement reads:"The originating summons filed by Segun Sowunmi with suit number AB/267/2022 was instituted at the State High Court of OGUN State on 19th April, 2022 seeking an Order of the Court to dissolve the entire Executive of the OGUN state PDP on the premise that the State Exco of PDP was biased by obtaining form for one of the aspirants.

"An order seeking the barring of entire members of Ogun PDP Exco from conducting the primaries of the party.

"An order seeking the National Party to constitute a 3-man caretaker committee to conduct the party’s primaries.

"However, in the wisdom of Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of the State High Court on Thursday, 19th May, 2022, ruled that “I find and hold that this court has no justification to entertain this suit. Accordingly, it is struck out”.

"The above background is given for the general public to be well informed of the basis of Sowunmi’s appeal based only on jurisdiction and not candidacy.

"The appeal court only sat on whether the State high court has jurisdiction to hear his suit or not. 

"The appeal court ONLY held that even though the matter is time bound but the State High court should have given him an opportunity to hear his matter.

"Therefore, the purported report on some media platforms that the appeal court affirmed that Segun Sowunmi is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party was fake and complete departure from the appeal court ruling."

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