Ahead of the 2019 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has recognised and acknowledged the candidates list of Bayo Dayo Executive of Ogun state Peoples Democratic Party. The Dayo- led executive is a part of Senator Buruji Kashamu’s camp who was the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial district, before he was expelled by the PDP a few months ago.
Which candidates were approved? According to a statement released by Kashamu on October 31, the candidates received and fully acknowledged by INEC for 2019 elections include Prince Leke Shitu and Dr Rueben Abati as Ogun PDP Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates respectively. Also former Ogun state Governor,Otunba Gbenga Daniel was recognised as the senatorial candidate for Ogun East. Earlier INEC said it would reveal the comprehensive list of all other candidates for the Senatorial, Federal house of Representatives and the State House of Assembly that were equally accepted and duly acknowledged.
Why the controversy? Before the primaries in the state, The Dayo-led PDP, backed by Buruji Kashamu, has been at loggerhead with Sikirullahi Ogundele-led exco over the structure of the party in the state. The two groups had held parallel primaries and produced different candidates for each positions. This led to the question of which list would be accepted by the INEC. The National Working Committee NWC however recognised Ogundele-led state excos.
INEC’s statement confirming the approval In a letter dated 25th October, 2018, signed by Okechukwu Ndeche, Acting Secretary to INEC, and received by the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on 30th October, 2018 titled “Nomination of Candidates for 2019 General Elections in Ogun state; INEC addressed the issue. ” The Federal High Court Abeokuta Division on 2“” October 2018 in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CFS/636/2016 Engr. Adebayo Dayo (State Chairman) 8: 8 Ors. vs iNEC & 3 Ors. also order the Commission to recognise Adebayo Dayo led State Executive Committee of PDP in Ogun State and receive list of candidates for the 2019 Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly Elections from the said committee. “Consequently, the Commission hereby notes the decisions of the Federal High COurt in the above referred cases and will publish the lists of candidates submitted by the Adebayo Dayo led State Executive Committee of Ogun State pursuant to the Orders of the Federal High Court”
INEC’s Acknowledgement receipts
Below are the receipts issued by the commission
Buruji’s statement as regards the issue Buruji he called on members to disregard executives of the party’s National working Committee who he notes are working against the law “Any rumours being peddled around by our National Chairman and National Publicity Secretary through a purported press release should be disregarded as the duo are deliberately acting unlawfully and beyond their powers to which they’ve refused wise counsel to tow the path of rule of law. “The guarantee of our democracy under established regulations and rule of law is that no party official, no matter how highly placed could use the office for selfish preservation/promotion of his own interests and legacy at the detriment of the interests and legacy of other party members. “This resolve to act with unchecked impunity shall be fully resisted in a fight to finish battle to strengthen our party’s internal democracy. “Ignorantly, the National Chairman is unaware that where there is dispute resulting into a judicial resolution as in Ogun state matter, the State Chairman and Secretary could sign in place of National Chairman and Secretary when backed by validly subsisting court judgements. Whatever makes our National Chairman to be this resolute at challenging the constituted electoral regulatory body, INEC and also dwelling in nauseating impunity against Nigerian court judgements out of unexplainable desperation to install Ladi Adebutu as PDP Ogun governorship candidate should as well have forced him to create his own INEC and conduct elections inside his office” While expressing confidence in PDP’s victory at the 2019 polls, Buruji urged party members to remain focused in the face of obstacles. “The PDP as a Nigerian creation by law is for all Nigerians by established regulations and National statue; nobody can as such intimidate us in our democracy. “All the state elders, leaders and party faithfuls are again enjoined to continue and remain focused on the ongoing aggressive mobilisation and reconciliation efforts for our party, PDP to come out victorious in the forthcoming elections. I’m emboldened by the power and grace of almighty Allah and shall NEVER succumb to injustice”