The Supreme Court has rejected a suit filed by Adebayo Shittu, erstwhile Minister of Communications, against his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The suit is challenging the elimination of his name from the list of governorship aspirants in the 2019 general elections.
The Supreme Court of a five-man panel of Justices headed by Justice John Okoro, cleared the matter for being statute-barred.
“This appeal is dismissed haven been withdrawn by the appellant and no objection and there is no order as at cost,’’ Okoro held.
The Oyo State chapter of APC stopped Shittu from engaging in its primary election because he did not perform the mandatory one-year NYSC after he graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1978.
It was reported that Shittu appealed a Federal High Court on April 12, struck out the suit on grounds that Shittu filed the case after the expiration of the 14 days stipulated by the law.
Shittu argued that the APC constitution directs that angered members must fully examine all internal crisis resolution mechanism before going to court which is why he could not challenge the party’s decision in court within the stipulated time.