Appeal Court Judgement Victory for Kwara People -AbdulRahaman







Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday said the appeal judgment affirming his candidature was a victory for the people of the state.


Rafiu Ajakaye, his media aide, said in a statement on behalf of the candidate that the ruling confirmed his position that the earlier judgment of the High Court was in “bad faith and cannot stand any legal scrutiny.”


The statement read: “This judgment on our interlocutory appeal has cleared the final logjam the discredited dynasty, acting through their proxies, was using to stall our people’s steady move to political liberation and socioeconomic progress.


“On behalf of all the Kwara APC candidates in the coming elections, we thank the people of Kwara State for their solidarity while the legal distractions lasted. The ruling is a victory for the masses of Kwara who yearn for change, political freedom and a government that is truly committed to their welfare.


“Finally, we thank our lawyers for their doggedness, brilliant submissions and perseverance in the diligent prosecution of the appeal. We are very grateful to the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party and all our national and state leaders for putting their feet down that Kwara must be free from political predators.”


Recall that on Tuesday, Appeal Court upheld APC’s AbdulRahman’s candidature to contest the March 2, governorship election in the state and set aside an earlier ruling by the state high court.


The court also held that state high courts lack powers to entertain any suit against the INEC.


In a unanimous decision on the interlocutory appeals filed by the APC, Justice Hamma Akawu Barka, who read the ruling, said the originating summons by the Balogun-Fulani’s faction was not sealed by the registry and that robs the court of jurisdiction.


He upheld all the four grounds of appeal filed by the APC and set aside the ruling of the Kwara State High Court which was given on Oct 24.


The court said the nomination of AbdulRazaq by the APC National Working Committee was in order.


It said a state executive committee of a party is just a branch of its national headquarters and so has no power or right to conduct any primaries to the offices of the president, governor, National Assembly or State Assembly positions.

By the ruling, the dissolution of the Ishola Balogun-led APC Executive in Kwara State by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led National Executive Committee now stands.


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