Ogun: INEC Returns Adebutu, Other PDP Candidates On Ballot

Following the recent judgement by the Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan upholding the primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State held on the 25th May,2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, 22nd December, 2022 updated and uploaded the names of the forty candidates for the elective positions of the party on the INEC list of candidates. 

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity, Ladi Adebutu/Akinlade Campaign Organisation Mr Afolabi Orekoya on Friday.

Afolabi noted that the court cases arose as a result from various claims by some members of the party against the primaries process and delegates list. Despite the efforts made internally to reconcile the aggrieved members but it eventually  went on litigations.

According to him, It would be recalled that the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta on 27th September, 2022 in two separate judgements nullified the  Governorship primary and all the primaries conducted by PDP in Ogun State; the judgements then ordered fresh primaries that should cater for all  interest groups and be conducted by the State Executive of the party against the provisions of the new Electoral act of 2022.

"However, the National body of the party and Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu in disagreement with the decisions and orders of the trial court went ahead to the appellate court to appeal judgements on the grounds that the said Primaries were conducted in adherence to the provisions of the 2022 Electoral Act.

 "The Appeal Court on 28th November, 2022 set aside the decisions of the trial court and ordered reinstatement of Hon. Adebutu and all other Candidates of the party.

"On Thursday, INEC published the names of the Governorship and Deputy Governorship Candidates, Hon. (Dr) Oladipupo Adebutu and Hon. Adekunle Abdulkabir Akinlade, in compliance with the court order. It had earlier released the legislative candidate lists for both State and Federal seats

"In view of the above, we wish to notify our teeming party members, stakeholders, supporters ,admirers and the general public that we are back on the  ballots and fully ready to takeover leadership in Ogun State and rescue the good people of Ogun State from the shackles and  maladministration of the APC government.

"We also want to state that our campaign train will begin its movement to the nooks and crannies of the State to mobilize and canvass for support from the electorates immediately , with our seven point agenda of ITURA DE, we are determined to bring relief and good governance for the growth and development of our dear state.

"We appreciate the support of our teeming party faithful, loyalists and admirers especially the good people of Ogun State for their firm belief in our party, particularly during the periods of the court distractions. PDP is set to make life meaningful to our people and bring back the lost glory of Ogun State through meaningful policies, transparency and accountability. 

"We urge you all to always remember this rescue mission in prayers and be ready to exercise our voting rights to take over power come 2023".

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