A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has affirmed Senator Ademola Adeleke as the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16 governorship election in Osun State.
This declaration was made by Justice Nathaniel Emmanuel on Wednesday May 18, 2022 while delivering a ruling in a suit filed by a factional candidate of the PDP, Prince Dotun Babayemi.
Adeleke had been declared the winner of the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun State, held at the Osogbo City Stadium.
Similarly, Prince Dotun Babayemi also emerged as the winner of a parallel exercise, held at the WOCDIF Centre, also in the state capital on March 9.
Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewurujakpo, who presided over the party’s National Congress Committee, announced Adeleke winner with 1,887 votes.
Senator Ewurujakpo was quick to denounce any other poll held outside the state capital stadium saying, “Any other primary held outside this place is invalid and will not be recognised. The crown is here, the palace is here and the authority is here. Any exercise not done here cannot be recognized.
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Babayemi went to court to be recognised as the authentic candidate of the Party following the parallel primaries.
He urged his supporters put aside any fear over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s recognition of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the party’s flagbearer.
With the court’s declaration, Adeleke will now be focused on challenging the incumbent governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola of APC to unseat him in the July 16 poll.
The duo were also the major contenders in the 2018 governorship election which saw Oyetola became the fifth executive governor of the state.
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