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Court Strikes Out Minister Adebayo Shittu’s Case Against His Party, APC

The Federal High court has struck out the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu’s case against his party, APC. 

Funsho Akinwale

Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, on Friday, lost a case against his party, All Progressives Congress, excluding his name from the list of gubernatorial aspirants in the March 9 general election over his failure to present his NYSC certificate.

Justice P L Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan said in her ruling that the case was struck out due to the fact that the minister didn’t file the suit within the time frame in accordance with the law.

“I must first consider the provision of Section 285 of the Constitution that makes it mandatory for all pre-election matters to be filed within 14 days of occurrence.

“This particular case was not filed within 14 days, but outside the date. Therefore, I will not bother going into the merit of the case.

“Having failed to satisfy the dictates of the Constitution, the matter is hereby struck out,” the judge declared.

The defence counsel, Adebayo Ojo, while commenting on the ruling said the law had taken its due course, adding that Justice Ajoku acted by the 1999 Constitution which is a victory for democracy.

The Communication Minister was screened out of the ruling party governorship primaries in Oyo State for not presenting his NYSC certificate.

Before Shittu’s case was struck out, he had asked the court to determine whether the action of his party, omitting his name in the list of gubernatorial aspirants was lawful or a contravention of the constitution.

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