From By ABEOKUTA – A Federal Court sitting in Abeokuta Friday truncated the bid of the Governor Olugbenga Daniel faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] to stop the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] from recognizing the candidates of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo group in the recently concluded primaries of the party.
The Daniel faction with Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka as its governorship candidate had yesterday approached the Federal High Court seeking an Ex-Parte order to restrain INEC from recognizing the Obasanjo faction with Gen. Adetunji Idowu Olurin as it governorship candidate.
Counsel to the Daniel faction; Dr. Yemi Oke prayed the court to restrain INEC from recognizing the other faction and from substituting the name of the candidates submitted by his faction with other names from the other faction.
But while moving the motion; Counsel to the Obasanjo/Martins Kuye group, Mr. Ajibola Oloyede called the attention of the Presiding Judge, Justice Rita Ofilli-Ajumogobia to an application he had earlier filed challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain the suit.
In her ruling, Justice Ofilli-Ajumogobia noted that the matter involved only a single political party, directed that the appellants must be properly served and a proof of service should be brought before her.
According to Justice Ofilli-Ajumogobia the Ex-parte was capable of creating confusion in the judiciary adding “I will like to avoid confusion on this matter. This is a matter that affects a single party and other parties in the matter have to be put on notice.
“As soon as they are put on notice and a proof of service is secured. The court will fix the date for further hearing”.
Reacting to the development, the Counsel to the Obasanjo/Martins-Kuye faction; Mr. Ajibola Oloyede described the step taken by the other faction as an act of dragging Judiciary into political confusion saying that it wanted to “turn judges against one another”.
Oloyede further stated that Joju Fadairo-led faction miscalculated by taking their case to a judge that knows his onions by putting them in their place, by quickly dismissing their application”
In his own reaction, the Counsel to Joju Fadairo-led faction Dr. Yemi Oke lamented Ajumogobia’s position on the application saying that the application was to restrain INEC from taking further actions by substituting other names contrary to the ones earlier forwarded to it (INEC) and duely signed by National Chairman and the Secretary of the party.