BY LEKE ADESERI
Former members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun State Chapter who recently moved to the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, have petitioned the acting Chairman of the National Judicial Council, NJC, Justice Dahiru Musdapha, asking him to save them from Justice Abdu-Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
According to the petition signed by the party’s governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka and eight other who introduced themselves as former members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun State Chapter before they were compelled to leave the party and join the PPN as a result of a highly prejudicial order granted by Justice Kafarati on 26th January, 2011.
According to them they were unconstitutionally, brazenly and unjustly deprived of their rights by the orders made by Justice Abdu-Kafarati in the suit.
In respect of that suit they said; the order of Justice Kafarati is manifestly unlawful because as politicians know that Section 31 of the Electoral Act (as amended by Section 10 of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2010, provides that: “the Commission (INEC) shall not reject for any reason whatsoever any list of candidates submitted in the prescribed form by the political party”.
They accused Justice Kafarati of unilaterally promoting the candidacy of their opponents, preventing their political party from sponsoring them as candidates after having won the primary elections duly conducted by the party and monitored by INEC, making orders at an interlocutory stage and particularly when only the plaintiffs counsel was present in court without notice to the defendants and actually deciding the whole case without hearing anybody aside from the plaintiffs.