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Court Nullifies Raheem Ajulo Opin’s Candidacy

Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Ilorin on Wednesday nullified the candidacy of Rep Raheem Olawuyi Ajulo-opin  while declaring Hon Oluwasegun Adebayo as the authentic APC candidate for the upcoming 2023 Isin/Oke-Ero/Ekiti/Irepodun House of Representatives election.

Ajulo Opin , who became a member of the House of Representatives after winning the bye- election held on November 18,2018, had later retained his parliament seat in  the 2019  general election.

Ahead of the 2023 general election, Ajulo Opin had sought to get the Kwara South APC senate nomination and he had  participated in the primary election that eventually produced Senator Lola Ashiru as winner.

Before the Kwara South APC primary election was held , the House of Representatives primary election had been held  and  Hon Oluwasegun Adebayo had been declared  as Isin/Oke-Ero/Ekiti/Irepodun APC  House of Representatives candidate.

The party however held a  fresh primary election which was boycotted by Adebayo and had Ajulo Opin declared as  the new candidate.

‘The outcome was widely accepted by all and all aspirants in that election had congratulated Adebayo.

The purported re-run election was not communicated to Cornelius Oluwasegun Adebayo and the reason for the cancellation of the only valid election is still unknown’ Emmanuel Moronfoye, who is one of the supporters of Adebayo, had submitted.

Dissatisfied with the steps taken by the leadership  of the party, Adebayo had taken  a legal action by  instituting  a lawsuit seeking to reclaim his mandate.

Adebayo, who is the son of former governor C.O Adebayo, on Wednesday called his court victory ‘good news’ while noting that it was a victory for all.

He urged APC members in the state  to come together and jointly work for the victory of all candidates of the party in the 2023 general election.

Calling  the APC in the state ‘one  big family’, Adebayo  added that ‘it is time for fence- mending and reconciliation’.

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