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Court spells out acceptable primary for Ogun PDP

A Federal High Court in Lagos, has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s National Working Committee, NWC, from according any recognition or accepting as valid any primaries for next year’s election except those conducted with the ad hoc ward delegates list.

Trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, also restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from accepting as valid any such primaries or publishing any list other than the ad hoc ward delegates list prepared by the Adebayo Dayo-led executive.

The court granted an ex-parte applicant by the plaintiffs’ counsel, 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 directed PDP and INEC to ensure that the primaries in Ogun State for the election of candidates for next year’s election scheduled to hold on December 6, 7 and 8 were conducted only with the ad hoc ward delegate list.

The plaintiffs are claiming that the respondents have been attempting to remove them from office, despite two Federal High Court judgments affirming the legality of their positions.

The court, had on Monday, warned that it will not tolerate any disobedience to its orders by anybody.

The judge, said he will compel former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole and former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel to appear before him if they fail to appear before him on December 15.

Other alleged contemnors in the proceedings are the PDP, Dave Salako and INEC.

The court had earlier restrained the PDP from dissolving the Adebayo Dayo-led executive in Ogun State.

The court ordered parties to maintain status quo ante bellum.

However, Oluyede said the PDP was in the process of holding primaries with another delegates list other than that prepared by the Adebayo-led executive.


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