The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday formally adopted the list of candidates for Ogun State submitted to it by Mr Adebayo Dayo -led State Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is loyal to Sen Buruji Kashamu, representing Ogun East Senatorial District.
The commission in a letter dated October 25, signed by its acting secretary, Okechukwu Ndeche and addressed to the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, stated that its decision to adopt the Dayo-led executive is based on the various Federal High Court cases on the true position of the State Executive Committee of the party until they were set aside.
As such, the candidates for governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections would emerge from the Kashamu camp.
But the national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, while reacting to the issue cautioned that INEC cannot take a list from elsewhere, stressing that the commission has already acknowledged the list of candidates submitted by the national leadership of the party.
Ologbondiyan who displayed the signed copies of the list of candidates PDP had earlier submitted to INEC to reporters, described the decision of the commission to accept a list from Dayo’s camp as strange and alien to the extant laws because only the national secretary by law can submit candidate’s list.
The letter made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, said “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”.
INEC said it was ordered by the Federal High Court 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.
The National Executive Committee, NEC of the PDP had earlier expelled Senator Kashamu, Adedayo Dayo and two members of the Ogun State chapter of the party over alleged anti-Party activities which was later overturned by the Court.
Reacting however Ologbondiyan said
“If it claimed that it collected any list outside what the national secretariat of PDP submitted to it, it is a huge compromise. And we say so according to our statutes and all the laws governing elections in Nigeria, INEC cannot take a list from a state of the party. INEC takes list from the national headquarters of the party.
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