Lagos Lawmakers Battles In Court

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A Federal high court sitting in Lagos south West Nigeria has adjourned till 20th of March 2019 for hearing a suit filed by Lagos State House of Assembly member, Mr Famakinwa Adedayo Olufemi urging the court to nullify the candidacy of Honourable Olumoh Sa’adu Lukman to contest for Ajeromi /Ifelodun constituency 1 on the platform of All Progressives Congress Party (APC) in the next coming general election in Lagos State.

Honourable Famakinwa is also urging the court to restore him as lawfully recognised candidate of All Progressives Congress and contest next coming general election representing Ajeromi /Ifelodun constituency 1in Lagos State.

Apart from Olumoh Sa ‘adu, joined as co-defendants in the ensuing legal battle are Independent National Electoral Commission and All Progressives Congress (APC).

In an affidavit sworn to by Mr Famakinwa and filed before the court by a Lagos lawyer, Barrister Wahab Shittu, the plaintiff averred that he won the primary conducted by All Progressives Congress for the post of member of the Ajeromi/Ajeromi constituency 1 and by a letter dated 30th of November, 2018 Olumo Sa’adu Lukman withdrew his candidacy as he delivered the said letter to the party headquarters ,therefore injustice will be caused if his reliefs are not granted.

Consequently, Mr Famakinwa urged the court to  declare that in view of the provisions of sections 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended ) All Progressives Congress is lawfully entitled to change or substitute the name of Sa ‘adu Lukman with his name considering Olumoh ‘s  withdrawal letter in writing conveyed to their party.

The Plaintiff is also seeking the mandatory order of the court not only to declare him as lawful candidate of their party for the upcoming house of  assembly election in Lagos State but restrain Sa ‘adu Lukman from parading himself as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the upcoming  House of Assembly elections in Lagos State.

However, in a counter affidavit sworn to by Olumoh  Sa ‘adu ,he averred that he won the primaries and was duly nominated by their party as its candidate for the Ajeromi /Ifelodun  constituency 1 for the upcoming election and denied being the author of the withdrawal letter, therefore no injustice will be caused if reliefs sought by the plaintiff are not granted.