The recent electoral victory of 8 newly sworn-in councilors, in the Ogun state local government elections, was on Friday nullified by an Ogun State High Court.
The affected councilors are believed to be members of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Judge, Mosun Dipeolu, annulled the election of the lawmakers based on a suit brought by the another faction of the PDP.
The former President’s faction, led by Ireti Oniyide, was dragged to court by another faction, allegedly sponsored by a PDP financier in the state, Buruji Kashamu and led by Bayo Dayo.
Ms. Dipeolu ordered the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) to accept the candidates on the list of the Mr. Dayo led State Executive, as the duly elected flag bearers of the party in the local government poll.The judge also stated that the Dayo-led Executive remained the only recognized executive of the Ogun PDP.
“The list of candidates for the election into the local government councils in Ogun State submitted to the 11th Contemnor (OGSIEC) by any officers, organs, members of the first defendant (PDP) other than the applicants is hereby nullified as the applicants are presently the only authentic exco in Ogun State until their terms of office expire,” the judge ruled.
The court however dismissed the prayer of the applicants to commit to members of the Oniyide-led group to prison for contempt of the order of the court.
Ms. Dipeolu said that since a Federal High Court in Lagos had tried and convicted the Ogun PDP chieftains, there was no need for her to.
“The first to third contemnor (Mr. Oniyide, Tunde Oladunjoye and Fasiu Bakenne) by Section 36 (9) of the 1999 Constitution, they have been tried and convicted by Federal High Court and this prayer failed and is accordingly dismissed,” she held.
While also dismissing another prayer seeking the committal to prison of the OGSIEC Chairman, Risikat Ogunfemi, and six other commissioners of the electoral body for contempt, Ms. Dipeolu said that the procedure for the committal of the commission members was not followed by the applicants.
“Contempt against 4th to 10th contemnors, in view of the court decision, the process of committal proceeding was not followed by applicants. So, it failed and is accordingly dismissed,” Justice Dipeolu said.
The court however restrained OGSIEC from continuing in the contempt of the court by rejecting the list of candidates submitted to the commission by the Dayo-led state executive of the Ogun PDP.