Massive jubilations for Seyi Makinde as courts foils plans to remove him as Oyo governor-elect

Plans to shortlive the victory of Seyi Makinde as the governor-elect of Oyo state hit the brick-wall on Tuesday, as an Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan threw away an application to nullify the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state.

The ruling was given by Justice Ganiyu Sunmonu on the application brought before the court by Ayoade Adeseun.

According to the court, the primary was perfect, and was in line with the constitution of the PDP, and the guidelines of the 1999 Constitution.

Adeseun, applicant, had filed the case with suit Number I /956/2018  the claimants against the PDP and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in October 2018.

Mr Lateef Adedigba , one of the defence counsel for the PDP which was the first defendant in the suit, expressed happiness at the outcome of the case.

“We thought otherwise and the judge agreed with us.

“The judge said what was done in the primary conducted was perfect and in line with the PDP constitution and in tandem with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Electoral Act as amended.

“They wanted the court to set aside the senatorial, governorship, House of Representatives and state House of Assembly primaries, claiming the party did not follow normal procedure,” he said.

The PDP Chairman in the state, Mr Wasiu Adeleke, also described the judgment as a victory for democracy. He assured the state of good governance under the leadership of the PDP.

Makinde had defeated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adebayo Adelabu by a wide margin in the March 9 governorship election in the state to emerge the governor-elect.