A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out another case seeking the disqualification of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the Ogun governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election.
In the pre-election suit, Mrs Iyabo Anisulowo had approached the court to challenge the eligibility of Prince Abiodun as a candidate at the election over his alleged failure to participate in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Scheme.
But the counsel to the Ogun State Governor, Mr Wale Abeeb Ajayi, had prayed the court to dismiss the case against his client arguing that participation in the NYSC scheme was never a disqualification factor in elections.
Delivering his judgment, Justice M A Mohammed on Wednesday noted that the plaintiff failed to establish that Dapo Abiodun presented false academic claims to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He held that a candidate cannot be disqualified over failure to participate in the NYSC scheme, saying that a candidate can only be disqualified under Section 177 of the Constitution.
Consequently, the suit was dismissed.
This case is the final of the series of pre-election matters filed against the governor as other cases have been similarly dismissed.