|Governor Abiola Ajimobi|
It was another day of judicial victory for Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as a case filed to challenge his nomination to contest last general election was thrown out for lack of jurisdiction
A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan and presided over by Justice Abimbola Adejumo-Obaseki, dismissed the suit instituted against him and two others by Professor Oluwole Akinboade, one of the aspirants under the broom party.
Akinboade, a gubernatorial aspirant in the last election had sued Ajimobi, the Action Congress of Nigeria ( ACN) and the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC).
He prayed the court in the suit to hold that Senator Ajimobi was not duly nominated by the ACN for the governorship election of 2011 , he urged the court to order for the nullification of his nomination among others.
But the judge in the judgement declared that section 87 sub sections 1 ,and 4, of the Electoral Act of 2010 as amended gave the political party in Nigeria the power to pick their candidates to contest different elective positions , while section 87 sub sections 9 and 10 of the act outlawed the court to adjudicate on the subject matter.
The trial judge averred that since the plaintiff admitted that he did not participate in the primary as governorship aspirant of the ACN because the said primary did not hold , he lacked the jurisdiction to institute the case under the law.
Justice Adejumo-Obaseki said the plaintiff’s position was tantamount to a probating and reprobating because in evidence he admitted that all the aspirants including himself had agreed that the governorship candidate for the Oyo state in 2011 election shall be picked by consensus but only decided to file the litigation after the decision worked against him.
She added that the entire position of the plaintiff in the case according to section 87 of 2010 Electoral Act as amended was unconstitutional ,unjustifiable, lacked merit and was then dismissed .
The counsel to Ajimobi, Barrister Abiodun Amole, thanked the court for the judgment and emphasized that it will allow the governor to concentrate more on governance.