JUST IN: Kogi Poll: Again, Smart Adeyemi’s fail to Stop Usman Ododo as APC Guber Candidate

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday dismissed an appeal brought before it by Senator Smart Adeyemi, seeking to nullify the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State which produced Usman Ododo as the party’s flagbearer in the forthcoming November 11 governorship election.

The court held that the appeal argued by Adekunle Oladapo Otitoju on behalf of Senator Adeyemi was completely bereft of merit and was thrown out….CONTINUE READING

In a unanimous judgment of a three-man panel, the court ruled that Adeyemi who recently represented Kogi West Senatorial District failed woefully to establish all grievous criminal allegations made against the conduct of the primary election by APC and its leaders.

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Justice Mohammed Lawal Shuaib who delivered the lead judgement resolved all three issues in dispute against Adeyemi.

Justice Shuaib said the allegations of manipulations and falsifications of the primary election results made by Adeyemi, being criminal in nature, ought to have been proved beyond a reasonable doubt as required by law.

He also dismissed another allegation by the appellant that he was denied a fair hearing by the Appeal Committee of the APC based on his petition against the alleged unlawful conduct of the primary election.

Justice Shuaib added that the issue of denial of a fair hearing was not raised in his originating summons at the Federal High Court, and could therefore not be raised as a fresh issue at the Court of Appeal.

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In the absence of cogent and verifiable evidence on the part of Adeyemi, the Court of Appeal held that his allegations remained mere assertions that could not enjoy any probative value.

Justice Shuaib proceeded to dismiss the appeal for want of merit.

The Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court in Abuja delivered on July 12, which held that Adeyemi did not prove his allegations that Ododo was not lawfully nominated by the APC.

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Recalled that the Federal High Court Abuja division in Abuja on july 12 affirmed the emergence of Ahmed Usman Ododo as the Governorship candidate of the All progressive Congress for Kogi state in the forthcoming Governorship election slated for November,

The presiding Judge, Justice James Omotoso gave the order in a preelection matter filed by Senator Smart Adeyemi and some other aspirants that participated in the APC Governorship primary election.
Justice Omotoso dismissed the suit for lacking in merit….CONTINUE READING

The court held that the plaintiffs needed to prove the allegations of forgery, falsification of results, beyond reasonable doubts.

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