Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan yesterday struck out a suit challenging the recognition of Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde as the governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Justice Ayo Emmanuel struck out the case filed by two aggrieved members of SDP, Mr Olugbenga Bayode and Mr Razaq Adegboyega who claimed to be fighting on behalf of one Samson Aworinde, who they alleged was the rightful candidate.
The trial judge, who quoted several portions of the constitution to support the ruling, held that the plaintiff had no locus standi to institute the case.
According to him, “Where there is no locus standi to institute an action, the suit becomes incompetent and consequently, the court lacks the jurisdiction in entertaining it.
“This is because locus standi and jurisdiction are interwoven, in the sense that locus standi goes to affect the jurisdiction of the court. This suit with all intents and purposes ought to be struck out and is hereby struck out,” the judge declared.
The plaintiffs had through their counsel, Barrister Adenle Adeloye, prayed the court to stop Engr. Makinde from parading himself or not be recognised as the governorship candidate of the SDP in the 2015 governorship election in Oyo State.
In his argument, counsel to the defendant, Barrister Adebayo Awolusi however prayed the court to strike out the case on the bases that the court process was not served on the defendant personally, the plaintiff were not members of the party and that they lacked locus standi to institute the suit.

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