former Spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Mr. Segun Showunmi
Counsel for the factional governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Mr Monday Mawah, has said the ruling of the Abuja Court of Appeal in the case involving Mr Segun Showunmi, the PDP and two others was “clearly in favour of his client.”
His clarification was in reaction to what he described as deliberate attempts by desperate persons to “rewrite the judgment, which was very clear.”
Mawah noted that the implication of the ruling in the suit filed by Showunmi against the party, the other candidate, Ladi Adebutu, and others was that his client remained the candidate of the party.
The appellant had complained to the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta, that the state executive members of the party acted with bias when they allegedly purchased nomination and expression of interest forms for Adebutu without doing the same for other candidates, who purchased the forms legally, including himself.
The court declined jurisdiction, relying on Section 285(14) Para (a)-(c) of the 1999 Constitution.
Showunmi appealed the decision on three grounds of appeal, which were allowed on Friday.
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Mawah said in a statement made available to Sunday PUNCH on Saturday that the issue brought by Showunmi before the Court of Appeal was “whether or not the Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta was right to decline jurisdiction to entertain the matter.”
He noted that the court in its judgment allowed the appeal and set aside the ruling of the lower court, warning mischief makers against misrepresenting the judgment.
He added, “The Court of Appeal in a considered judgment held that the lower court was wrong to have declined jurisdiction, ruling that the matter brought before it was not a pre-election matter.
“The court went further to hold that the lower court was also wrong to have declined jurisdiction on the grounds of non-joinder of the Ogun State PDP executive council.
“On the whole, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and set aside the ruling of the lower court.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we want to put it on record that our client, Segun Showunmi, won his case at the Court of Appeal. Mischief makers should desist from misrepresenting the judgement.”