A judge has dismissed a suit filed by the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, against the All Progressives Congress (APC).
What happened: Justice P.I. Ajoku said, “I must first consider the provision of Section 285 of the constitution that makes it mandatory for all pre-election matters to be filed within 14 days of the occurrence.”
“This particular case was not filed within 14 days, but outside the date,” adding that “I will not bother going into the merit of the case.”
“Having failed to satisfy the dictates of the constitution, the matter is hereby, struck out,” the judge ruled.
Backstory: The minister sued the APC for excluding his name from the list of gubernatorial aspirants in the March 9 general elections.
Shittu was excluded as a result of a report which revealed that he skipped the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, condemned Shittu’s action of skipping NYSC and declared him disqualified from contesting in the gubernatorial elections.
Shittu went to court to determine whether if the action of his party to omit his name in the list of gubernatorial aspirants was lawful or a contravention of the constitution.
Pending: It is still a wonder that President Buhari retained Shittu in his cabinet despite the provisions of the law.