Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, and eight other members of the party have petitioned the Chairman, National Judicial Council (NJC) over what they considered a “highly prejudicial order granted by Justice Abdul Kafarati”, which deprived them of their right to contest the general election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They want the NJC to immediately investigate the circumstances in “which Justice Abdul Kafarati granted the orders which he made on 26th January 2011 in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/28/2011: Olurin vs. INEC & Ors that “frustrated us out of the PDP” and urged him to transfer another suit instituted by Dayo Soremi faction of the party, which seeks to stop them from contesting the general election on the platform of PPN, to another judge.
The petitioners which include Prince Isiaka; Waliu O. Taiwo (Ogun West Senatorial candidate); Adesina B. Akeem (Odeda/Owode/Abeokuta North); Hassan S. Olawale (Ado-Odo Ota); Adewusi Tunde Rasak (Egbado N./Imeko Afon); Badru S. Makanjuola (Egbado South/Ipokia); Obadina O. Bamidele (Ifo/Ewekoro); Adekoya A. Abdel-Majid (Ijebu East/North Ogun Waterside) and Gbenga Oduwaye Ijebu (Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu N.E.), decried the circumstances in which Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/377/2011 instituted by Soremi which relates to the nomination of candidates for election in Ogun State was accepted for filing in the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and assigned to the same Justice Kafarati despite the Acting Chief Judge’s circular dated 16th March 2011.
On 17th March 2011 the PPN had taken an Originating Summons which was intended to be issued against INEC in respect of the candidature of its candidates in Ogun State to the registry of the Federal High Court, Abuja for filing. The processes were rejected on the ground that the Acting Chief Judge had issued a circular dated 16th March 2011 in which it was directed that all cases arising from party screening and primaries should be filed in the Judicial Division where the primaries were conducted. The suit was then taken to Abeokuta and filed on 21st March 2011 as Suit No. FHC/AB/CS/17/2011: PPN vs. INEC.