By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday dismissed the suit filed by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Senator Ayoade Adeseun challenging the emergence of Engineer Seyi Makinde as the party’s governorship candidate for the March 9 governorship election.
Justice Ganiyu Sunmonu while ruling on the suit dismissed all the grounds of the case, saying, Senator Adeseun’s counsel could not prove the grounds with substantial evidence that the delegates list for the primary was doctored.
“He who asserts must prove. The claimants must provide the names that were removed, to prove that the list was doctored.” the judge said.
Commenting on the court ruling, one of the counsel for the first defendant, Barrister Lateef Adedigba, said his client would be happy with the outcome of the judgement, saying, “the claimant filed a case as far back as October last year, challenging the primary election conducted in respect of all elective posts by the PDP.”
Barrister Adedigba added that the claimant claimed “that the primary did not follow the constitution, as well the constitution of the party, the 1979 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, the electoral acts as well as other relevant law.
“By the virtue of the judgement read today, the judge disagreed with them and agreed with us that the primaries conducted were in order and they were in accordance with the constitution of the first respondent, that is the PDP, as well as the constitution, the electoral act, as well as all the other relevant law. That is what the judgement is all about. The primary was in order and perfect. They can go to the court of appeal, even to the apex of the court, that is the Appeal.” he said.