Ahead of the primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to choose its candidate for Yewa South/Ipokia federal constituency election, the party has assigned a former Attorney General of Oyo state, Adébáyọ̀ Mutalubi Ojo, to lead four others to screen aspirants.
Ojo, who has just been designated as a senior advocate of Nigeria, will work with Ajibike Babatunde, Alex Itanu, Jerry Layade and Tunde Imolevin. They are expected to complete their tasks before Monday.
The special primaries had become important following the recent judgement by a federal high court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, nullifying the election of Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade as APC’s house of representatives candidate.
The presiding Justice O.O. Oguntoyinbo had declared as “irregular, null and void” the nomination of Isiaq Akinlade by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The court had held that Akinlade never paid for an expression of interest form or was screened by APC within the time prescribed by the party in respect of the National Assembly primary election.
The Court also ordered a fresh primary within 40 days to select and nominate candidates for the seat 2023.
It also barred Akinlade from further participating in the ordered fresh primary election.
The suit was filed by an aggrieved aspirant, Chief Michael Adebayo Adeleke against three defendants; the APC, Isiaq Abiodun Akinlade and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).