OGUN LG Polls: Court nullifies lists of PDP candidates

Channels Television  
Updated August 3, 2012

Another controversy has embroiled the just concluded local government elections in Ogun state as the High Court in Ilaro has nullified the list of candidates presented for the poll by the People Democratic Party (PDP).

The Presiding judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu in her ruling on Friday nullified the list of candidates of the Ireti Oniyide faction, which is loyal to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The Ireti Oniyide faction was recognized by the state electoral body despite a Lagos High Court directive that the Bayo Dayo led faction should be recognized in the election which had the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) claimed a land slide victory.

The PDP won nine counsellorship seats in the election which held two weeks ago.

Ahead of the polls, two factions of the PDP laid claims to the party’s endorsement but the Ireti Oniyide faction was given the chance to contest.

Reacting to the judgment, the chairman screening committee of Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Mutiu Agboke, said that the content and the consequential order of the court was still sketchy.

He however added that the commission would appeal the judgment if there is a need for it.

The factional chairman of the party, Bayo Dayo, expressed delight at the judgment saying it was well deserved.