2023 Governorship Election: Court nullifies PDP primary election in Ogun - FIRST AWARENESS


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

2023 Governorship Election: Court nullifies PDP primary election in Ogun

PDP Governorship Candidate,Ladi Adebutu and his running mate Adekunle Akinlade.

By Niyi Ogungbola
A Federal High court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, has nullified the governorship primary election conducted by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the State.

The court also barred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognizing Hon. Ladi Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.

In his judgement,the presiding judge, Justice O.O Oguntoyinbo ordered Ogun PDP to conduct another primaries within the next 14 days 

First Awareness recalled that, PDP had on May 25 conducted the primary election which produced Adebutu as the governorship candidate of the party.

As a result of the outcome of the primaries, some agrived   members of the party, namely Taiwo Olabode Idris, Kehinde Akala and Alhaji Ayinde Monsuri dragged    Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC),the party (PDP) and  Mr. Ladi Adebutu who was declared as winer  to court.

They challenged the authenticity of the delegates' lists used for the conduct of the primaries saying, delegates were  not democratically elected.

The plaintiffs contended that, the persons on delegates' list used by electoral panel for the primaries were not democratically elected at the ward, local government and state congresses, hence the panel "cannot unilaterally or arbitrarily impose" the list on the party for the primaries.

The plaintiffs in their originating summons, had prayed the court among others to nullify or set aside the state congress/indirect primary election, held by the 1st defendant (PDP) on 25th of May, 2022 "for the purpose of choosing the candidate which the 1st Defendant intends to nominate/sponsor at the 2023 Governorship election in Ogun State based on the list of delegates who were not democratically elected at the ward congress."

They also sought an order directing the 2nd Defendant (INEC) "to disregard and/or refrain from giving effect to the results of the alleged 1st Defendant’s indirect primary election held on the 25th of May, 2022 based on the list of ad-hoc delegates who were not elected at the ward congresses constituted by the 1st Defendant for that purpose".

Meanwhile, the counsel to the plaintiffs, Thaddeus Idenyi in his reaction to the judgement said, the court nullified the election "because it was conducted using a list of adhoc delegates who were not elected".

"The implication of the judgement is obvious, the PDP will have to put their hats together and then conduct a fresh primary as ordered by the court. 

"This time around, the court was specific that they have to use the list that has been certified by INEC because after the primary, those lists were submitted to INEC as parts of its report of covering those ward congresses held, so the court has now said that is the list which must be considered in the conduct of the fresh primaries, so the PDP had to just put their house together and use those lists to conduct a fresh primary."he stressed.

In his own reaction,the Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Akinloye Bankole said, the party would study the judgement before any action is taken by the party.

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