Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC, has told an Abeokuta High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital that the case brought before it by the Labour Party was empty, hallow and devoid of any substance.
The party had approached the court seeking an injunction restraining the electoral body from going ahead with the scheduled local government election fixed for October 8.
The party, in an originating summons dated 12th August, also prayed the court to order extension of the date of the election to allow it collect and submit form CF001 and CF002.
But in a counter affidavit and notice of preliminary objection dated 29th August and filled yesterday, the electoral body urged the court to hold that there was no justification for seeking the reliefs in the first place.
It maintained that the Claimants disclosed no reasonable cause of action as no specific allegation was made against OGSIEC in the whole process.
It also maintained that the Claimants didn’t mention any aspirant that desires to participate in the election through the party but was denied.
OGSIEC also explained that there is no provision of law shown by the claimants to have been breached or disregarded in the process filled before the court.
It said, “It is our humble submission that the suit of the claimant is incompetent and discloses no cause for action. Consequently, this Honourable Court lacks the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
“In fact, throughout the deposition in the 16 paragraphs affidavit of the claimants in support of the case, there was no iota of complaint against the electoral body, the 3rd defendants. This is not only strange but ridiculous.
“The entire depositions in the affidavit of the claimant taken together points irresistibly to one conclusion; which is that the claimants are confused and do not know why they approached the Honourable Court in this case.
“It is therefore humbly submitted and we urge your lordship to hold that the case of the claimant is empty, hollow and devoid of any substance. It is only fit for a dismissal and we urge your lordship to dismiss same”
Counsel to the claimants, Peter Asimegbe told the court that an amended originating summon has been filed before the court, adding that he also desires to file a further counter affidavit against the defendant’s arguments.
The vacation Judge in charge of the case, Rotimi Balogun however ordered the claimants to bring an application to regularise its position and also serve the defendants.
The case was however adjourned to September 8.

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