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Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has rejected the lists of all National Assembly candidates for Ogun state submitted by the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

In a letter from INEC to the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus which waa received by PDP on Tuesday, the electoral umpire said they are recognizing the list of candidates submitted by a faction of party in Ogun state loyal to Senator Kashamu Buruji because of subsisting court orders.

The letter from INEC which was signed by Okechukwu Ndeche Acting Secretary to the Commission titled “Nomination of candidates for 2019 General elections in Ogun state” reads: “The Commission wishes to draw your attention to the decisions of the Federal High Court in the under listed cases:

“FHC/L/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo & Anor vs INEC & 5 Ors.

“FHC/L/CFS/114/2018 Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju(Member PDP National Working committee) and 6 Ors. vs INEC and 30 Ors.

“FHC/ABJ/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo (State Chairman) & 8 Ors. vs INEC & 3 Ors.

“The Federal High Court in the matters ordered the Commission to recognise Adebayo Dayo led State Executive Committee of PDP in Ogun State and receive list of candidates for the 2019 Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections from the said committee.

“You will recall that the Commission vide a letter dated 12‘” April, 2018 informed your party of the Commission’s compliance with the judgements of the Federal High Court in Suit Nos. FHC/L/CFS/636/2016 -Engr. Adebayo Dayo & Anor vs INEC & 5 Ors. and FHC/L/CS/1856/2017Alhaji Adewole AdeyanjulMember PDP National Working committee) and 6 Ors. vs INEC and 30 Ors. which affirmed the decision of the Federal High Court in Suit No Suit Nos. FHC/L/CFS/636/2016 which is subsisting until it is set aside.

“Further to the above decision, the Federal High Court Abeokuta Division on 2“” October 2018 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo (State Chairman) 8: 8 Ors. vs iNEC & 3 Ors. also order the Commission to recognise Adebayo Dayo led State Executive Committee of PDP in Ogun State and receive list of candidates for the 2019 Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections from the said committee.

“Consequently, the Commission hereby notes the decisions of the Federal High Court in the above referred cases and will publish the lists of candidates submitted by the Adebayo Dayo led State Executive Committee of Ogun State pursuant to the Orders of the Federal High Court until they are set aside.”

Reacting to the rejection of its candidates, the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said it is an aberration for state chapters to submit list of candidates for elections direct to INEC without recourse to the national secretariat of the party.

“It is unknown to us and to all laws guiding election in Nigeria. The state chapter of any party does not organise primary elections. Or is INEC shopping for candidates list from State chapter?.

“INEC should endeavour to demonstrate its fairness and credibility. If there is any crisis, INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu should take full responsibility responsibility”, he said.

He said the party is already in court over the matter.

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