ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – The Court of Appeal, in Akure, Ondo state capital, has validated the nomination of Adegboyega Adefarati as the candidate of the House of Representatives for the All Progressives Congress at the last 25 February, 2023, poll.
Earlier, the State High Court nullified the candidacy of Adefarati as the court dismissed the primary of the APC where he emerged as the candidate for the House of Representatives election.
However, the lower court declared that the APC had no candidate for the 2023 House of Representatives election in the Federal Constituency and restrained Adefarati and the party from parading him as the party’s candidate in the election.
Adefarati, however, approached the appellate court to challenge the decision of the lower court and contested the 25 February election where the party was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
Justice Yusuf Bashir in his judgment, said the lower court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit because the originating summon was not properly signed.
In its ruling, the court held that it was a wrong practice to commence the suit with originating summons but instead by writ of summon, adding that the lower court ought not to have entertained the suit and lacked jurisdiction and locus.