The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday ruled in favour of a factional governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Hon Jimi Lawal , in a case between him, the Peoples Democratic Party and two others.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division delivered judgment in Appeal no. CA/ABJ/CV/898/2022 between Otunba JIMI ADEBISI LAWAL V. (1) PDP; (2) INEC; (3) OLADIPUPO ADEBUTU allowing JAL’s appeal against the judgment of FHC Abuja Division, Coram Taiwo, Taiwo, J. declining jurisdiction over the challenge of the PDP’s utilisation of a delegates’ list, in the conduct of the Governorship Primary election held on 25th May 2022, other than the list of delegates who were democratically elected for that purpose at the Ward congresses.
In the lead judgment, B. A. Georgewill, JCA held that the issue is pre-election matter, over which the Federal High Court has jurisdiction.
Due to the failure of Taiwo Taiwo, J. to decide the suit on its merit, and since the period of 180 days for determination of pre-election matters is still running, suit was remitted to the Chief Judge of the FHC to assign to another judge for trial.
M. Mustapha and D. Z. Senchi, JJCA concurred.