The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state has submitted two parallel lists of chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the forthcoming local government election to the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC).
The PDP in Ogun State has been battling with internal crisis that has torn the party into two factions, hence the different lists of candidates.
At the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission headquarters in Oke-Ilewo Friday, a drama ensued when the two factions presented their lists and injunctions from different courts authenticating their divides of the party.
Mutiu Agboke, the Chairman of the Screening Committee, was lost for what to do. However, he decided to accept candidates from both sides.
Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES, the election umpire said that the commission “as a law abiding body accepted the separate candidates following the different court injunctions obtained by the two factions”.
PREMIUM TIMES also gathered that one of the factions presented 219 candidates for the exercise, while the other faction has 193 candidates for the 236 wards across the state. The two factions were screened at the venue of the exercise.
As regards the political parties that signified intention to contest the chairmanship and councillorship election, Mr. Agboke said 34 political parties showed interest in the election but only 28 of the political parties submitted forms for the screening of candidates.
Mr. Agboke also said that the commission discovered several irregularities during the screening process, with some of the councillorship candidates unable to defend the authenticity of their certificates, adding that some of the candidates are below the required 25 years of age, hence were automatically disqualified.
Meanwhile, other political parties that appeared for the day one of the screening include the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Community Party of Nigeria (CPN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).