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Obasanjo Laughs Last: INEC rejects OGD’s candidates

The  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) list of candidates from Ogun State, submitted on Monday. Rather, the INEC  accepted the list produced by the Chief Dayo Soremi faction of the party which held a parallel congress at the Olusegun Obasanjo Library.

With the new development, candidates such as Chief Nasir Gboyega Isiaka and Lola Abiola Edewor who emerged as gubernatorial and senatorial candidates, respectively at the congress organized by the Chief Joju Fadairo-led chapter of the party loyal to the Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel,  had since lost out.

But in a swift reaction a member of the Ogun State PDP and also the state commissioner for Information, Sina Kawonise, who spoke on behalf of the party, declared: “There is no problem with what they have said. The matter is between them (INEC) and the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“From the ward to state, congresses were conducted by the body sent by the national headquarters of the party which were supervised by INEC officials. The list of candidates was approved by the National Working Committee (NWC) on behalf of the National Executive Committee. The list went to INEC as required by law on Monday. The list was submitted at the INEC office before the deadline. If there is a court injuction, it is between the PDP national headquarters and INEC and it will be sorted out. The matter is in court. What they have got is just an injunction, it is not a court ruling. Members of Ogun State PDP should be calm as there is no cause for alarm.”

The country’s electoral agency according to investigations, based its decision on an order of Justice Abdu Kafarati which restrained the INEC and PDP  “from announcing or making any pronouncement validating the result of the primaries/congresses conducted in Ogun State pending the hearing of the originating summons” in the case. Justice Abdu Kafarati in a motion brought by former Oyo State military administrator and erstwhile ECOMOG commander, General Adetunji Olurin, Chief Babatunde Fadun, Honourable  Dave Salako, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, Mr. Wale Solaja and Seun Adesanya, as applicants and the independent National Electoral Commission and the Peoples Democratic Party as respondents, at the Abuja Federal High Court, INEC, restrained PDP and INEC from announcing or making any pronouncement validating the result of the primaries/congresses conducted in Ogun State pending the hearing of the originating summons” in the case.

The court  also ordered that INEC and the PDP must  also “approve, accept, compile, announce and use as its responsibilities require, the results of the primaries/congresses of the 2nd respondent, PDP, conducted by its harmonized Executive Committee from which the applicants emerged as the candidates of the 2nd respondent in Ogun state for the general election and delegate to its national convention/presidential primaries pending the hearing of the originating summons.”
According to the prayers before the court, General Olurin and the five others asked the court to restrain the INEC and  PDP  from “accepting, compiling, announcing, using, validating and/or otherwise acting upon the results of primaries and/or congresses conducted in Ogun State by the Respondents in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1139/10 consisting of members of the dissolved Ogun State Executive Committee led by Mr. Joju Fadairo, which were done on their own or in conjunction or corporation with the Electoral panel sent to Ogun State by the 2nd respondents for the purposes of the congresses and primaries pursuant to its electoral guidelines 2010, pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons.

The court gave the following order to wit :
An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants from announcing or making any pronouncement validating the results of the primaries/congresses conducted in Ogun State by the dissolved Ogun State Executive Committee of the 2nd Respondent which they conducted on their own or in conjunction or cooperation with the Electoral Panels sent by the 2nd Respondent to Ogun state pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons.
The PDP on Monday had submitted the lists of candidates which emerged at the congress conducted at the Gateway stadium. But a Daily Sun source disclosed that INEC had premised its position on Justice Kafarati’s order.

‘’ There is a court order compelling the commission to recognize the faction other than that of Governor Gbenga Daniel. In the interim, we have to obey the court order, but if there is an appeal, we have to obey the order of court as the case may be.”
But PDP also yesterday reacted to the rejection of the list of candidates by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on
Anambra state, accusing INEC of vested interest and partisanship.

A member of the PDP NWC told Daily Sun.: “By rejecting the list of candidates on Anambra State, INEC is contravening the PDP electoral guidelines as contained in Section 52 which says ‘all submission to INEC with respect to party candidates shall carry the full signature of the National Chairman and Secretary. Any submission to INEC not carrying the said signatures shall be null and void.”

Also quoting Section 31 (1) of the Electoral Act, the PDP official said, “ every political party shall not later than 60 days before the date appointed for a general election under the provisions of this act, submitted to the Commission in the prescribed forms, the list of the candidates the party proposes to sponsor at the elections, provided that the commission shall not reject or disqualify candidates for any reason whatsoever.”

According to the top party official, “by rejecting the list of candidates from the National Secretariat, INEC is undermining the party. The Electoral Act said INEC shall receive a list from the political party and not from the state chapter of the party. Whose card is INEC playing?
“With the powers conferred on the National Working Committee (NWC) by the National Executive Committee (NEC), we set up the Electoral Panel that conducted the congresses in Anambra state, so where is INEC deriving its powers to reject the list of candidates from Anambra State, if not for mischief purposes,” the top PDP NWC member said.

 -Sun

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