A file photograph of a court docket gavel.
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has adjourned until January 15, additional listening to of the case filed by the People’s Democratic Party in opposition to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adetokunbo Abiru within the simply concluded bye-election for the Lagos East Senatorial District.
In the case, the PDP and its candidate within the elections, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi requested the court docket to carry that Mr Abiru was not certified to face as a candidate of the All Progressive Congress, within the bye-election that held on December 5.
Mr Abiru had been declared winner of that election.
But the plaintiffs (PDP and Gbadamosi) dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Abiru and the APC to court docket, looking for to disqualify him from contesting the election on the bottom of double voters’ registration and violation of part 31 of the Electoral Act.
Through their counsel, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), the plaintiffs are looking for an order directing INEC to delete the identify of Abiru and the APC from the listing of the candidates and political events entitled to take part within the stated bye election.
The plaintiffs are additionally asking for an order nullifying, cancelling and voiding the nomination, submission and acceptance of the identify of Abiru because the candidate of the APC for the bye-election and an order disqualifying Abiru from contesting the election.
When the case got here up on Wednesday earlier than Justice Chuka Obiozor, Mr Adegboruwa (SAN) represented the plaintiffs, whereas Taminu Inuwa (SAN), represented INEC.
Mr Kemi Pinheiro (SAN), represented Abiru and Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), stood in for APC.
Mr Adegboruwa adopted all of the processes filed on behalf of the plaintiffs, and requested the court docket to carry that Abiru was not eligible to face as a candidate within the election due to the false declarations he allegedly made to INEC beneath oath.
Adegboruwa additionally said that Abiru deserves to be disqualified on the bottom of possession of a number of voter’s registration.
Inuwa on behalf of INEC urged the court docket to dismiss the case of PDP on the bottom that it isn’t each false declaration on oath that can result in the disqualification of a candidate. He maintained that Abiru has considerably happy the circumstances for qualification as said beneath the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
The Senior attorneys took arguments in flip from 10am until 7pm, when it turned clear that the case couldn’t be concluded.
Thereafter, additional listening to within the matter was then fastened for January 15, 2021.