Senior Advocates Differ On Suit Seeking Disqualification Of Senator Adeola As APC Candidate For Ogun West - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Senior Advocates Differ On Suit Seeking Disqualification Of Senator Adeola As APC Candidate For Ogun West

The Daily Crucible | Thursday, July 28, 2022

By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta,

Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Bode Olanipekun, and Seni Adio, have differed on suit seeking the disqualification of Senator Olamilekan Solomon Adeola to contest as candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 Senatorial election for Ogun West district of Ogun State.

Three plaintiffs  - Johnson Akinsanya Akindele, Moses Babalola Oluwasaanu and Taiwo Akanbi Orobiyi who filed the suit at the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokkuta, the state capital, are seeking the order of the Court to disqualify Senator Adeola from contesting the Ogun West Senatorial seat in 2023 on the grounds that he is already a serving Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Other defendants in the suit marked No FHC/AB/C5/132/22 are the APC, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Assembly.

When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, the plaintiffs who in sworn affidavits claimed  to be members of the APC, were represented by Counsel Seni Adio, SAN, but Senator Adeola's counsel, Bode Olanipekun, SAN, told the court that the case did not qualify as a pre-election matter under the 1999 constitution. 

Olanipekun argued that only an aspirant or a political party is entitled to file a pre - election case, positing that none of the plaintiffs fit into the categories of who should file a pre - election matter.

Also, counsel to the APC, Babatunde Ogala, SAN, adopted the submission of Bode Olanipekun, SAN, arguing that the case was not filed in accordance with the applicable rules.

Ogala also argued that none of the plaintiffs has any personal benefit from the reliefs sought in the case, submitting that they have neither anything to gain nor lose from the matter.

Countering, the plaintiffs' lawyer, Seni Adio, SAN maintained that the case is qualified to be treated as pre - election issue, maintaining that it was a constitutional action and a test case.

 He also told the court that the plaintiffs had earlier sought the party internal mechanism to resolve it but are now in court for judicial intervention.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo after listening to the arguments and counter - arguments of the senior advocates, adjourned the matter till September 29, 2022.

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