Ogun: Obasanjo’s Faction in Dilemma as INEC Recognises Kashamu’s Faction
The political faction of former president Olusegun Obasanjo in Ogun State, have been thrown into a state of confusion, following the recognition of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party led by the South West leader of the party, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The two camps have been on an endless battle over who controls the PDP in the state, thus leading to the the conduct of two parallel primaries by both factions.
However, the recognition of the Kashamu led faction by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), may have marked the end of the rivalry unless of course the Obasanjo faction is able to uptrun the decision in a court of law.
The INEC Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, in a letter to the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, and obtained by journalists on Friday in Abuja, said the action was based on two previous orders in a Federal High Court in Lagos.
They are suit Nos. FHC/L/CS/1266/2012-Chief (Engr.) Adebayo Dayo & ANORS Vs. INEC & ORS; and FHC/L/CS/347/2012-Chief (Engr.) Adebayo Dayo & ANORS Vs. PDP & ANORS in Re-Application for committal of PDP and 4 ORS.
The court had earlier restrained the PDP from dissolving the Adebayo Dayo-led executive in Ogun State.
The INEC letter reads: “The Federal High Court in Lagos made orders in respect of the above suit. The court restrained the commission from accepting nomination of candidates of the PDP from Ogun State for the 2015 general elections, except that they emerged from primaries conducted by the plaintiffs.
“The court further restrained the commission from according any recognition whatsoever or accepting as valid, processing and or publishing any other list of PDP candidates, except such list of candidates elected at primary of PDP conducted in Ogun State by the applicants-Chief (Engr.) Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State Executive Committee of the party. You may wish to be guided accordingly.”
Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Lagos had restrained the National Working Committee from according any recognition or accepting as valid, any primary for next year’s election except those conducted with the ad hoc ward delegates list.
He also restrained INEC from accepting as valid, any such primaries or publishing any list other than the ad hoc ward delegate list prepared by the Adebayo Dayo-led executive.
The judge granted an ex-parte application by the plaintiffs’ counsel, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, allowing them to serve the alleged contemnors with the motion on notice for committal outside Lagos, such as in Abuja and Ogun State.
Justice Abang had directed PDP and INEC to ensure that the primaries in Ogun State for the election of candidates for the 2015 election were conducted only with the ad hoc ward delegate list.
The plaintiffs were alleging that the respondents had been attempting to remove them from office, despite two Federal High Court judgments affirming the legality of their positions.
The judge had warned that he would not tolerate any disobedience of his orders by anybody.
He said he would compel former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole and former Ogun State governor Gbenga Daniel to appear before him if they failed to appear before him on December 15.
Other alleged contemnors in the proceedings are the PDP, Dave Salako and INEC.
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