- The decision of INEC to identify with the Adebayo Dayo-led faction of the PDP in Ogun state, continues to generate reactions
- The PDP headquarters had disagreed with INEC on its decision
- The Dayo-led faction, however, disagrees with the party's headquarters on its stance
The Adebayo Dayo-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state has reacted to the stance of the national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in which he condemned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to comply with the orders of court in respect of the crisis of the party’s primaries in the state.
The state executives committee loyal to the embattled Ogun East lawmaker, Senator Buruji Kashamu, in a press statement issued by the state chairman, Adebayo Dayo, pointed out that INEC did not accept the list of candidates from any state chapter.
Rather, he said INEC merely complied with several judgments and orders of court on the matter.
Part of the statement read: “We make haste to add that the appeal against the over two and a half years old judgment in FHC/L/CS/636/2016 has since been dismissed by the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal (precisely, on May 4, 2017).
“A further attempt to have the appeal relisted was struck out on July 11, 2018 and a cost of N200, 000 awarded against the applicants. Therefore, there is no pending appeal against the substantive judgment in FHC/L/CS/636/2016.
“What is presently before the Supreme Court is an application asking the apex court to review the decision of the Court of Appeal not to relist the dismissed appeal.
“Clearly, the decision of the electoral body is in conformity with established norms and standards all over the world. It is in the interest of our democracy and the course of justice for everybody to obey court decisions. The Supreme Court has stated and restated this duty in several decisions beyond any iota of doubt."
He further argued that even where the rules guiding elections in Nigeria stipulate that it is the national chairman and national secretary that should submit the list of candidates, that cannot be done in a vacuum and in defiance of subsisting judgments and orders of court.
“There has to be a state executive committee and structure through which the national leadership of the party operates.
“If the national leadership of the party decides to sidestep the authentic state structure and continues to act in flagrant disobedience of valid and subsisting court judgments and orders, it cannot justifiably cry foul if the court decides to rein it in – and INEC as a law-abiding institution equally decides to comply,” he added.
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Meanwhile, the four PDP state governors from south-south on Tuesday, October 30, paid a condolence visit to the family of late former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih and pledged to pay the bills for his burial.
Governors Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Nyesom Wike, (Rivers), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, (Delta) and Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) visited the Abuja residence of the late former PDP chieftain, to commiserate with his family and pay their respects.
Dickson, chairman of the south-south governors forum, who led the team, described Anenih as a great party leader and colossus, stressing they as governors share in the pain suffered by the family.
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