A Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has dismissed the African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate, Biyi Otegbeye.
Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, the former governor of Ogun State, nominated Otegbeye.
Amosun has stated that, despite being a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he will back ADC governorship candidate Otegbeye in the 2023 election.
However, the court invalidated Otegbeye’s candidacy along with the party’s 26 ADC assembly flagbearers on Friday.
The Ogun State Labour Party had dragged the ADC candidates to court over alleged non-compliance with the Electoral Act in the conduct of their party’s primaries.
In his judgement, Justice Akintayo Aluko held that the primaries which produced Otegbeye and others were not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying this was in violation of the Electoral Act.
The court, therefore, ordered the electoral umpire to remove the names of Otegbeye and the 26 assembly candidates from its 2023 list of candidates.