By Taoreed Abdullahi.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja has ruled in favour of a factional Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Otunba Segun Showunmi, in a case between him, the Peoples Democratic Party and two others.
According to the lawyers in the case, the implication of the ruling in the suit filed against the PDP, Mr. Ladi Adebutu and others, is that , the appellant, Otunba Showunmi remains the candidate of the PDP in Ogun State unless otherwise ruled.
Otunba Sowunmi, had complained to the lower court that the Ogun State Exco of the party acted in bias when they allegedly purchased nomination and expression of interest forms for Mr. Adebutu without doing same for the other candidates, including himself who purchased the forms legally .
The lower court was said to have hastily declined jurisdiction, reportedly relying on a Section of the 1999 Constitution.
Dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court, the appellant, Otunba Showunmi, immediately appealed the decision through his lawyer, Mr. Mawah Monday who formulated three grounds of Appeal, which have now been allowed.
The Court of Appeal judgement
that lasted for over one hour, presided over by Justice Chide Uwa allowed the appeal and set aside the ruling of the Lower Court.