The Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta has declared Senator Buruji Kashamu as the authentic governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.
The court sitting on Wednesday dismissed the case filed by Oladipupo Adebutu, member of the House of Representatives, challenging Kashamu’s nomination as governorship candidate of the PDP in the state.
Justice Abubakar Shittu, presiding judge of the case, held that the suit was statute-barred, having been caught up with the fourth alteration.
The court held that the cause of action arose on April 12, 2018, whereas the suit was filed in December 2018.
It further held that the plaintiffs (PDP and its officers) were stopped from re-litigating the issue of who has power to conduct primary elections of the PDP in the state and submit the list of candidates.
The court, however, submitted that the case was an abuse of court process.
On the originating summons, the court held that the reliefs sought could not be granted because the national leadership of the PDP conducted its primaries in flagrant violation of the judgment of the court in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016.
It said the primaries were illegal.
Speaking after the court ruiling, Kashamu through is media aide, Austin Oniyokor stated, “There was no victor, no vanquished. We are all members of the same PDP family. We are better and stronger together in PDP.”
“What is most important is that we are working together, holding reconciliation meetings and strategising together.
“We are set to deliver the state to PDP on Saturday,” he added.