– A court in Ogun state has given its final say over the controversy ensuing from the fact that two candidates emerged from the governorship primary
– The Federal High Court ordered the INEC and the PDP to accept Senator Buruji Kashamu’s band (the Adebayo Dayo-led group)
– The primaries produced two candidates, Shittu Adeleke and Ladi Adebutu, the latter being produced by the Dayo-led faction
A Federal High Court in Ogun state on Tuesday, October 2, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to accept and process the list of candidates and delegates submitted to them by the Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun state executive committee of the opposition for the purpose of the 2019 general polls.
This came after the parallel governorship primaries conducted on Sunday, September 30, by the Dayo-led faction and that of Sikirullahi Ogundele-faction supported by the national leadership of the party, Punch reports.
The two factions of the PDP produced Shittu Adeleke and Ladi Adebutu as governorship candidates.
However, the Dayo-led group which is backed by the Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, in a suit filed before the court, sought an interlocutory order directing the INEC to accept or process delegates and candidates produced by the faction as authentic for 2019 elections.
The suit marked FHC/AB/CS/114/2018 between Dayo-led executive and INEC, equally joined the PDP, its national chairman, Uche Secondus, and Ibrahim Tsauri, the national secretary.
Delivering his ruling on Tuesday, after an argument canvassed by Rickey Tarfa SAN on behalf of the plaintiffs, Justice Abubakar Shittu granted an order restraining INEC from accepting or processing presidential nominee except done in compliance with court directive. Shittu granted four of six prayers of the plaintiffs.
According to the court, the reliefs granted read: “An interlocutory order is given directing the 1st Defendant (INEC) to accept or process only the list of candidates of the PDP for the 2019 general election in Ogun State authenticated by the plaintiffs as having emerged from primaries conducted by them for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, senatorial and governorship elections and submitted by the Plaintiffs or their authorised nominees pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that two PDP governorship candidates had emerged following a parallel primaries held by two factions of the party in Ogun state.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Sikirullahi Ogundele-led faction, backed by the party’s national leadership, produced Ladi Adebutu as its governorship candidate at its primary held at the Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library.
Meanwhile, the Dayo-led faction produced Adeleke Shittu as its governorship candidate having polled 1,979 votes.
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