The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has revealed its intention to contest the judgement of the Federal High Court that yesterday sacked its governorship candidate, Barr Biyi Otegbeye and 26 other candidates of the party.
Naija News reports that the reaction follows the nullification of the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun state by a Federal High Court in Abeokuta, the state capital.
It would be recalled that Justice Akintayo Aluko in his judgement held that the primaries which produced Otegbeye and others were not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying this was in violation of the Electoral Act.
The court, therefore, ordered INEC to remove the names of Otegbeye and the 26 assembly candidates from its 2023 list of candidates.
The Ogun state Labour Party had dragged the ADC candidates to court over alleged non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the conduct of their party’s primaries.
Reacting to the judgement was the Legal Adviser of the Ogun ADC Ifenla Oligbinde, who said the party’s legal team had been instructed to appeal the said judgements.
Oligbinde, in a statement, maintained that the processes that produced Otegbeye and the other affected candidates were in conformity with the Electoral Act and the 1999 constitution.
While urging supporters of the ADC to keep calm, he said “We have no doubt whatsoever that the validity of all our candidates will be sustained on appeal.”
This article was originally published on Naija News