The Federal High Court, Abuja, has struck out a suit seeking abolition of submission of the name of Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke as the guardianship seeker of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the July 26 state gubernatorial election.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Thursday, August 18 struck down the suit on the ground that the complainant demanded locus standi to institute the case.
The complainant in the suit, Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman, had dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the PDP and Adeleke before the court seeking order to void and set aside the submission of Adeleke’s name to INEC on grounds of contended unlawful action.
The beef of the complainant was that Adeleke’s name was precipitously submitted by PDP on March 11 as against between March 14 to 18 as contained in the INEC guidelines.
He said that for the fact Adeleke’s name wasn’t submitted within the period fixed by INEC, the court should declare the submission, illegal, unlawful, null, void and be set away.
He claimed that INEC must be bound by its sanctioned guidelines and that anything done outside the guidelines is against the vittles of the Electoral Act 2022.
But Justice Obiora Egwuatu struck out the suit on the ground that the said Awoyemi Oluwatayo Lukman demanded locus standi to have introduced the case.
The Judge held also that the suit was enactment barred having been fixed outside the 14 days quested by Section 285 of the 1999 Constitution that allpre-election suits must be filed within 14 days whereas, the instant suit was filed after 28 days.