Appeals court orders a new trial in Segun Showunmi’s lawsuit against the PDP

The Abuja Court of Appeal has criticized the aa ruling in Ogun state that dismissed a lawsuit brought by Segun Showunmi, a PDP gubernatorial hopeful, against Ladi Adebutu, the party’s candidate. In its ruling, the court held that the lower court erred in declining jurisdiction to hear the matter “on the basis of the non-accumulation of the parties’ excos.” Mr. Showunmi, a former spokesman for the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, had sued the party’s executive committee in Ogun state ahead of the state’s gubernatorial primary election on May 25. Mr. Showunmi’s group held parallel gubernatorial primaries in which he was declared the winner, but it was the one organized by Mr. Adebutu’s camp that was recognized by the party and INEC. In his lawsuit in the high court, Showunmi accused the state executives of bias and conflict of interest on the grounds that they allegedly bought forms for Adebutu before the primary election. The Superior Court dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter. Disgusted with the sentence, Mr. Showunmi approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the dismissal of his lawsuit. In his ruling on Monday, Chidi Uwa, a judge at the Court of Appeal, ruled that the lower court erred in its ruling and ordered a new trial. ALSO READ: Ogun 2023: How Adebutu outperformed Showunmi to secure INEC recognition According to a copy of the ruling seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the appeal was heard on three grounds, including “Whether the appellant’s complaint to the lower court was a pre-election matter; “whether the Federal High Court has exclusive jurisdiction over pre-election matters, assuming that the appellant’s claim is a pre-election dispute; and Whether the claim before the lower court is incompetent by the non-accumulation of the executives of the state of Ogun of the first defendant (PDP)”. The Court of Appeal ruled that the matter was not a pre-election matter based on the constitutional definition, “therefore the lower court was wrong to dismiss it as such.” Mr. Uwa also ruled that the lower court erred in declining jurisdiction to hear the matter on the basis of non-repeat by the executive members of the first defendant. He affirmed that “it is appropriate to join a necessary party to reach a fair decision.” Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Appeals court orders a new trial in Segun Showunmi’s lawsuit against the PDP