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Court Refuses To Stop Obanikoro From Lagos Polls

An Ikeja High Court on Thursday dismissed an application seeking to restrain a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, from participating in the party’s forthcoming primaries in Lagos State.

The ex-parte application which was brought by three PDP members, Babaunde Ogun, Suleiman Saheed and Wasiu Adeniyi Odusan, was struck out by Justice Kazeem Alogba.

The judge however fixed 9 December for hearing of the originating summons and directed the applicants to put the respondents on notice.

The ex-parte application dated 25 November was filed on behalf of the applicants by their counsel, Mr Wahab Shittu.

Joined in the suit as respondents are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP.

The applicants had asked the court for an order of interim injunction restraining Obanikoro from participating in the 8 December PDP gubernatorial primaries or that of any other political party.

They had also asked the court to restrain the PDP from nominating Obanikoro to INEC for the purpose of contesting the 2015 governorship election in Lagos State or any subsequent elections in Nigeria.

Moving the application, Shittu argued that Obanikoro was not eligible to contest for any political position based on the provision of Paragraph 4 (a) of Part iv of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections, 2014 of the INEC.

He exhibited several documents including an application form bearing Onikoro Musiliu Babatunde in support of the motion.

Shittu claimed Obanikoro had dual citizenship and also presented a forged birth certificate to the INEC in December 2006.

According to him, the PDP will suffer immeasurably during a contest with other political parties in the state if the party picks the first respondent (Obanikoro).

 

He said: “The applicants are not busy bodies or meddlesome interlopers. They are people with real interest in the matter and registered PDP members.

 

“We want the court to decide whether a candidate who has the kind of antecedent that we have exhibited before Your Lordship will be eligible to contest having regards to the constitution of the PDP.”

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