Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission, OGSIEC, yesterday adopted the list forwarded to it by the faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, loyal to Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee to contest the October 8local government election in the state. For the purpose of the election, the Commission said it has dropped the list sent to it by the Adebayo Dayo faction loyal to Ali-Modu Sheriff national leadership of the party. Speaking at a press conference, the Chairman of the Commission’s screening committee, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, said Markarfi’s Sikirullahi Ogundele’s leadership would contest the election. The Chairman who is also the Commissioner III of the Commission said the decision was hinged on an injunction of an Abeokuta high court delivered by Justice Mobolaji Ojo on 26th of May. According to him, the Court specifically addressed the issue of giving recognition to Ogundele’s faction as against conflicting judgements of Federal High Courts of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt on the leadership crisis. Agboke who explained that the Commission is not an appeal court said it has reviewed all records before it to arrive at the decision to adopt the list. He maintained that Justice Mobolaji’s order has not been set aside by any appellate court adding that not until it was set aside, the order subsists. Agboke said it will not be right for the commission to shut its sight on the order in the interest of the election saying it was a better decision for the Commission to follow. He said, “This commission is not here to sit an an appeal court over the various existing court judgements and unfortunately the judgements have not assisted the commission, in one breath, they appeared conflicting, in another breath they appeared conflicting.
“A faction submitted a court judgement to us, the ruling of my Lord, Justice Mobolaji Ojo of Ogun State High Court and the order of the court is so clear and the order, as filled in that case specifically was given to give recognition to that faction of the party in the state. “By the virtue of the order of Hon Justice Mobolaji Ojo in Ogun State, we are going to declare the Sikiru Ogundele led faction of the
PDP as a faction to be recognised and eligible to contest for the election. “We need to take a position one way or the other with a view to making progress in this regard. So, we are going to recognise the list of candidates that has been put forward by Sikiru Ogundele led faction of PDP and we are going to release the list of eligible candidate to the faction. “For us, this will put to rest the question of which of the factions of PDP to recognise in the state. The order of lord Justice was delivered on the 26th May, 2016 and that order is very clear and that is the order we are relying on.” Agboke explained that 784 Councillorship and 207 Chairmanship candidates will contest the election adding that all disqualifications were on basis of age.

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