There is heavy security ahead of the ruling of Federal High Court, Osogbo on a suit filed by 2,517 aggrieved All Progressives Congress (APC) Osun State challenging the validity of the ward congress.
The aggrieved members, who are loyalists of Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, alleged that they were denied participating in the ward congress despite fulfilling financial obligations.
The lead counsel to APC and Governor Mai Mala-Buni, Dr Mubaraq Adekilekun argued that the suit does not worth being heard because the litigants do not have the right to challenge the directive of the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party.
Counsel to Independent National Electoral Commission (6th respondent), Muyideen Adeoye urged the court to reject the suit of the 2,517 aggrieved members on January 26th 2022 stating that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain such matter because of the provisions of sections 251 of the 1999 constitution as amended and 87(9)of the electoral Act 2010 as amended.
The presiding Judge, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, adjourned the matter to today for ruling on jurisdiction.
As early as 8:15am, there were four police patrol vehicles stationed in front of the Federal High Court, Osogbo along Osogbo/Gbongan road.
Armed security operatives, numbering about 20, were at the premises of the court.
The parties involved thronged premises waiting for the court to sit and give its ruling on the matter.
Culled from The Nations