***head to the supreme court for determination of the suit
Following the recent judgement of the case filled by Hon. Segun Olobatoke, seeking the disqualification of Kogi State Speaker, Hon. Mathew Kolawole as the APC candidate in the forthcoming 2023 general election for Kabba -Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, Olobatoke has charged his supporters to remain law abiding as there is light at the end of the tunnel.
In his statement, he said “The summary of today’s judgment is that “there cannot be disqualification where there’s no party’s candidate.”
This he said implies that, in the eyes of the law and before any court, the APC as a party did not submit any name as the party’s candidate, and thus Hon. Kolawole (Speaker) is not a candidate and thus not known to the law, INEC, or any court as APC candidate to stand disqualification.
“Additionally, the court affirmed and admitted all the evidence brought before it by Segun Olobatoke Samuel.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel.
“Everybody should remain calm, law abiding and be hopeful” he said.
Also while addressing all Hon. Segun Olobatoke Samuel SOS Political Family, well-wishers, support structures and press, generated that “the beauty of democracy is that it creates a very wide space for everyone to pursue their aspirations and exercise their democratic rights for political goals.
Olobatoke has approached the court on the bases of the discrepancies of names and date of birth on kolawole certificates, INE voter’s card as contained in his submitted particulars in for 2015 and 2019 elections which was published by INE for both elections.
“The court of appeal judgment is not the end of the political struggle, but rather it strengthened our aspirations and encouraged us to seek more judicial review and decisions in order to sharpen our electoral system.
“Every electoral issue helps to reform the electoral system and deepen our democracy.
“Therefore, the legal team will study both judgments, brief our candidate Hon. Segun Olobatoke Samuel SOS and we will decide the path for the journey ahead.
“Finally, we enjoined you all to remain calm, lawful, and committed to our party’s victory while keeping the Hope alive.
“At the end, the people will win, and our party (APC) will be strengthened” he submitted.
It could be recalled that Hon. Mathew Kolawole in another development sued INEC and APC on the ground that the Failure of INEC server caused the omission of his name.
But the federal high court has since in it’s judgement said there’s no evidence to substantiate his claim as he’s not INEC staff, questioning his source of such information.