A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, sent three chieftains of the Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to prison for six months for flouting an order of the court.
The three chieftains, Ireti Oniyide, Tunde Oladunjoye and Fasiu Bakenne, were sent to prison, following contempt proceedings filed against them by Adebayo Dayo, who the court had affirmed as the Chairman of the Ogun State Chapter of the PDP.
Mr. Dayo filed the suit on behalf of himself and the executive committee of the PDP in Ogun, against the chieftains, the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) and some officials of the electoral body.
The Judge of the federal high court in Lagos, Charles Archibong, in his judgment, held that the three, being agents of the PDP, be remanded in prison for their continued violation of an order of the court, delivered on May 2.
The court had declared in the May 2 judgment, that the Dayo-led Executive Committee of Ogun PDP is the valid management body of the party in the state.
The judge, however, refrained from making any order against officials of OGSIEC on grounds that the commission and its officials cited for contempt were not parties in the substantive suit which led to the May 2 judgement.
“The court should not be seen as obstructing the electoral process in the state,” he said.
He, however, warned that OGSIEC must accept the list of candidates from the valid source so as not to render the elections invalid.
The applicant had accused those cited for contempt of continually subverting the order of court by dealing with the party through other bodies outside the executive committee led by him.
Mr. Dayo accused OGSIEC’s officials of circumventing the court order by accepting a list of candidates for the July 21 Local Government elections in the state from other sources other than theirs