A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Morufu Ayanlowo from Ward 8, Irewole Local Government of Osun State has approached a Federal High Court in Osogbo, seeking the disqualification of the party’s candidate for the July 8 Osun West Senatorial bye-election, Otunba Ademola Adeleke.
In the suit number FHC/OS/C8/35/2017, Ayanlowo claimed that Adeleke was not a member of the PDP as at the time he participated in the primary election of the party on June 14, against Section 8 of the party’s constitution.
According to Ayanlowo who attached his PDP membership card to the suit, Adeleke should not have been allowed to participate in the primary election of the party.
He, therefore, sought for a declaration that Adeleke did not satisfy the provisions of the PDP’s guidelines for primary election and ought not to have been allowed to participate and subsequently nominated as the flag bearer of the party.
Ayanlowo also sought for an order declaring the participation and subsequent nomination of Ademola Adeleke as illegal, null and void having been done contrary to the provisions of the PDP’s guidelines for primary election and constitution.
Joined in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
No date for hearing of the suit has been fixed by the Court.
Recall that last Friday, assistant state auditor of Osun All Progressive Congress (APC), Tajudeen Adekunbi and another member, Basiru Abidoye Adigun, filed an application also at the Federal High Court, in Osogbo to disqualify the party’s candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussain from contesting.
Other defendants joined in the suit are INEC, APC, Osun State government, chairman of the APC screening committee for the by election, Hon Sanusi Rikiji and chairman of the appeal committee of the APC, Hon Abdullahi Bello.