By DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC, yesterday, said it was confused over the lingering crisis rocking the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, saying it had accepted two lists of candidates from the factions for the July 21, local government election.
This came as a factional chairman of the party, Adebayo Dayo, faulted the decision by OGSIEC to accept two lists from factions and insisted that his was the authentic leadership of Ogun PDP.
At a briefing, during the screening of councillorship candidates at its office in Abeokuta, one OGSIEC commissioner, Mutiu Agboke, said the commission had no choice but to accept the candidates lists from the two factions of PDP, pending the ruling of the court.
However, speaking through its counsel, Edward Ayo-Odegbesan, the party argued that its constitution empowered the national organ to determine who represent the party in any election.
However, the state executive committee of the party, argued through its counsel, Ajibola Oluyede, that the case had been adjudicated upon at a Lagos High Court in a suit No. FHC/347/2012.
Meantime, factional Chairman of the party, Adebayo Dayo, faulted the decision by OGSIEC to accept two lists from factions and insisted that his was the authentic leadership of Ogun PDP.
In a statement by Mr Segun Showunmi, Director of Organisation, it said “whereas, there are extant court judgments that have made clear and unambiguous pronouncements that the Adebayo Dayo Executive is the only PDP executive in Ogun State and as such reserve the sole responsibility to conduct the affairs of Ogun PDP.
Moreover, all our candidates fulfilled all processes such as expression of interest, screening and shadow primaries. All these processes were monitored by all relevant agencies and the State Security Service (SSS).
“We are therefore apalled, the reason why OGSIEC is playing the ostrich, subverting the rule of law and accepting correspondences from an illegal group purporting to also be Ogun PDP. In any society where the rule of law is trampled upon, anarchy will naturally occur.
“We hereby call on the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, the IG, SSS, the NSA and President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the leader of our party to urgently intervene in this blatant usurpation of the court powers; so that we don’t have a break down of law and order occasioned by this unacceptable actions against our people; because when a people can no longer get justice under the law, they resort to self help.”