Appeal Court Sets Aside Federal Court Ruling, Reinstates Adebutu, Other PDP Candidates

By Damilare Adeleye
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A Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State capital has reinstated Hon. Ladi Adebutu as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

The appellate court in its ruling delivered on Monday, also reinstated others candidates of the party in Ogun State.

The Court of Appeal set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abeokuta, which nullified the primaries of the PDP.

It would be recalled that Justice O. Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court had sacked Adebutu and other candidates of PDP in Ogun State.

The ruling was passed by the judge following a suit filed by Segun Seriki and some others persons.

However, Justice Folasade Ojo on Monday held that only the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has the power to nominate and conduct a primary election.

The court ruled that any primary held without the approval of the party’s NWC is null and void.

Justice Ojo directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reinstate all PDP candidates.