Jimi Lawal withdraws suit against INEC as court refuses Adebutu ‘s application for joinder

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The governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state, Otunba Jimi Adebisi Lawal has withdrawn a suit he filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking leave for an order of mandamus to compel the commission to give effect to the court-ordered governorship primary election held on the 17th of October, 2022.

When the matter came up this Thursday before the Hon. Justice Joyce Abdulamalik of the Federal High Court, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, it was discovered that Hon. Ladi Adebutu, who refused to participate in the court-ordered primary election, had filed a motion to join the suit.

His counsel contended abuse of court process and informed the court that there is a pending appeal that has been slated for hearing on the 14th of November, 2022.

The court advised counsel on both sides to do the needful or else she knows what ruling to give.

Consequently, counsel to the Applicants of Dr. Kemi Peinhero (SAN) & co., applied to withdraw the application for leave an order of mandamus.

The court granted the request to withdraw the suit and struck out the matter. In doing so, the court said the right of the applicants to return after the determination of the appeal is preserved

It also refused to hear Ladi Adebutu’s application to join the suit, describing it as “premature and unwarranted”.

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