The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Monday, May 6, dismissed an appeal seeking the disqualification of the Ogun state governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun.
The court in its ruling said Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) dismissed the suit faulting Abiodun’s eligibility to contest for the election.
At the ruling by a three-member panel led by Justice Datti Yahaya, the court ruled that the appeal anchored on the failure of Abiodun to declare his university degree in his form cf.001 submitted to INEC was unmeritorious.
Abdulrafiu Baruwa in a suit had challenged the March 7, judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, which dismissed his suit faulting Abiodun’s eligibility to contest for the election.
In his argument, Kanu Agabi (SAN) contended that the FCT High Court erred in law by not disqualifying Dapo Abiodun.
However, a counsel for the APC, Damien Dodo and Abiodun’s counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), opposed the appeal.
Both lawyers insisted that the suit was a pre-election matter but was filed outside the 14 days provided by the fourth alteration of the act of 2017.
Meanwhile, we previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Abiodun the winner of Saturday’s governorship polls in Ogun state.
The state Returning Officer for the governorship poll, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, announced in Abeokuta at about 12.45am on Monday, March 11, that Abiodun scored a total of 241,670 votes to clinch victory.
Olayinka, who is Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, explained that Abiodun beat his closest rival, Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) who came second with 222,153 votes.