The Federal High Court in Ibadan Thursday reserved till Thursday, judgment in the case between the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s primary election.
The minister, a member of the APC, had dragged the party to court, seeking redress for allegedly being denied participation in the governorship primary election in Oyo State in the recent general election in the country.
He claimed that APC’s national leadership omitted his name in the list of its gubernatorial aspirants for the primaries in Oyo State because he did not participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
After filing of written addresses by the plaintiff and the defendants, the judge, Justice P.I. Ajoku, fixed today for judgment on the reliefs sought by the minister.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Abdulhakeem Mustafa (SAN), had, among all other things, urged the court to determine whether the grounds for disqualifying his client were lawful or a contravention of the Constitution.
Mustafa argued that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria required anyone seeking to be a state governor to possess a maximum of Senior Secondary School Certificate and not necessarily an NYSC certificate.
He tendered a 38-paragraph affidavit and 13 exhibits before the court to support his claims.
In his opposition to the plaintiff’s prayer, Adebayo Ojo, the defence counsel, said that the matter was already a dead issue, and therefore, academic.
“My lord, the plaintiff is merely flogging a dead horse because the matter is of no benefit to him or the party, APC.
“It has become academic; the sister case he filed in Federal High Court, Abuja, has also been struck out,” Ojo stated.
The minister has constantly maintained that the 1979 Constitution, under which he first contested for a political post, did not make it mandatory for anyone seeking an elective position to present an NYSC certificate.
Also joined in the suit is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).