- Supreme Court rules in favour of a faction of the PDP loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu
- The judgement asks INEC to accept the list of candidates emerging from primaries conducted by the said exco for the election
- Emeka Etiaba says INEC would be monitored to make sure that the order is followed
The Supreme Court on Monday, February 11, ruled in favour of the executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state under which faction Senator Buruji Kashamu emerged.
The apex court also struck out the appeal of the PDP seeking to relist its matter against the June 24, 2016 judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos, which affirmed the Engr Adebayo Dayo-led state executive of the PDP in Ogun state.
Legit.ng learnt that the Dayo-led exco is backed by the lawmaker representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu, who has been locked in a battle for the control of the state party structure and candidates' list.
According to reports made available to Legit.ng, the trial court judgement also mandated INEC to accept the list of candidates emerging from primaries conducted by the said exco for the 2019 general elections in Ogun state.
While looking into the matter, the Supreme Court sought to know the nature of the appeal; whether it was a pre-election matter or not.
In his response, the appellant's counsel (PDP), Emeka Etiaba, stated that it was not a pre-election matter.
But the respondents' counsel, Alex Izinyon (SAN) reportedly the court to the appellant’s pending application for abridgment of time wherein they stated facts pointing to a pre-election case.
According to him, these facts formed the basis and grounds of the said application for abridgment of time.
Etiaba later withdrew the appeal since his client’s application had been caught up by the 4th alteration to the 1999 constitution. It was subsequently struck out based on the provisions of section 285 of the constitution. No order was made as to cost.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Buruji Kashamu recently declared that it is either the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP negotiates with his faction of the party or there will be nothing for them in 2019 elections.
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Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, took a swipe at the PDP’s national headquarters for taking sides in the internal crisis in the Ogun state chapter of the party.
It also reported that a faction of the PDP recently kicked against a parallel party presidential campaign organisation.
The group is led by the senator representing Ogun East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu, who is also the faction's governorship candidate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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