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The Ladi Adebutu and Akinlade Campaign Organisation on Friday said the ruling of the Court of Appeal does not affect the candidature of Adebutu as the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for Ogun State governorship election in 2023.
In a statement by its media director, Afolabi Orekoya, the campaign organisation urged PDP stakeholders and the people of Ogun State to remain calm, assuring them that Adebutu would unseat incumbent Governor Dapo Abiodun next year.
“The appellate court did not invalidate the prior nomination of Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu as the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State but ordered that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court should reassign for the accelerated hearing the case of Otunba Jimi Lawal seeking determination of delegates list.
“For clarity and proper understanding of the matter by the general public, Otunba Jimi Lawal approached the Appeal Court to seek redress in an earlier judgment against him at the Federal High Court, which struck out his suit. However, the Appeal Court found his submission inadequate and only granted a retrial.
“Again, this position of the appellate court has nothing to do with the nomination of Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu as the candidate of Ogun PDP.
“However, on this matter, an appeal to the Supreme Court is allowed for both parties,” the statement said.