- The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ogun state, Biyi Otegbeye, has been sacked
- A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun state, sacked Otegbeye and the party's legislative candidates over faulty primary elections
- Otegbeye is the governorship candidate Senator Ibikunle Amosun endorsed against his party (APC)'s flagbearer, Governor Dapo Abiodun
Abeokuta, Ogun state - A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun state, has sacked the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Biyi Otegbeye and 26 other assembly flagbearers of the party.
Otegbeye is the governorship candidate Senator Ibikunle Amosun is backing against his party (APC)'s flagbearer, Governor Dapo Abiodun.
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Delivering judgement on Friday, November 25, Justice Akintayo Aluko nullified Otegbeye’s candidacy as well as the party’s State Assembly candidates.
Aluko held that the primary election, which produced Otegbeye and the state assembly candidates, was not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He also affirmed that the primary elections were held in violation of the Electoral Act, ruling that Otegbeye and the assembly candidates are not the valid candidates of ADC for the 2023 governorship and state assembly elections.
INEC asked to derecognise Otegbeye, others
After nullifying the primary elections that produced Otegbeye and the 26 legislative candidates, the court ordered INEC to expunge their names from the list of candidates cleared for next year’s elections.
In his reaction, the counsel to the ADC and all the candidates, Tunde Falola, hinted that the party would study details of the judgement and proceed on an appeal.
On his part, the Labour Party's counsel, Monday Mawah, described the judgment as a welcome development.
Ogun 2023: Amosun's support for Otegbeye against Abiodun commendable, says ADC chieftain
Earlier, onebeat.com.ng reported that an ADC chieftain and popular social commentator, Chief Olawale Adebajo, commended the former governor of Ogun state, Senator Amosun, for declaring support for his party (ADC)'s governorship candidate, Otegbeye.
Amosun's support for the opposition governorship candidate had generated controversy and caused some panic within the APC circles.
The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, had also reacted to Amosun's stance, saying he would not be deterred by the move.