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A legal practitioner in Ogun State, Olufemi Eso has described as a derailment, the self-declaration by the aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party, Segun Sowunmi
Eso said the Appeal Court ruling on the PDP case was clear, adding that Sowunmi tactics was to mislead the media and distract the PDP.
Eso said this on Thursday at a Press conference held at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Recall that Sowunmi had sued the PDP, its National Working Committee and the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu, seeking the sack of the state and wards Executive Committees of the party for allegedly buying nomination form for Adebutu, amongst others.
He also accused members of the state executive of exhibiting bias, conflict of interest and breach of trust by contributing money to buy nomination form for only Adebutu, to the exclusion of other aspirants.
However, Eso said Sowunmi’s claim of court declaration as party candidate was misleading.
The legal practioner noted that Sowunmi and his lawyer did not approach the Appeal Court for declaration as the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state.
He said, “Where exactly in the whole judgement delivered by the Court of Appeal was Segun Sowunmi declared as the PDP candidate?
“One will begin to wonder where Segun Sowunmi got the declaration he is falsely spreading about in the media that the Appeal Court had declared him as the governorship candidate of PDP in Ogun state.Where exactly in the whole judgement was Segun Sowunmi declared by the Appeal Court as the governorship candidate? No where is such expressly stated?”
“For Emphasis, Otunba Sowunmi and his lawyer did not approach the court to be declared as the PDP candidate. Declaring himself as the governorship candidate is a self-declaration and an attempt to mislead the party’s members and its governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu”.
The lawyer appealed to Sowunmi to grab a copy of the Appeal Court Judgment and re-read between for better clarification.
“We implore Otunba Segun Sowunmi to grab a copy of the Court of Appeal Judgement and open to page 27 where the court reiterated that the law equally settled that the court has no jurisdiction to pry into the internal affairs of a political party”.
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