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Osun senatorial primary: Aspirant drags PDP, INEC to court

A Peoples Democratic Party aspirant for Osun East Senatorial District, Joshua Oluwasuyi, has dragged the party’s candidate in the district, Chief Francis Fadahunsi, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission to court on the alleged ineligibility of the candidate  for the senatorial primaries of the party.

 

Counsel to the aggrieved aspirant , Mr. Boye Williams,  said this in the originating summons filed  before the Federal High Court, Osogbo on Friday. A copy of the document was made available to our correspondent on Saturday.

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The aspirant claimed that Fadahunsi did not resign his position as the chairman, Governing Council of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria which was against the electoral guideline for primary election issued by the PDP.

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He also said that the PDP and the Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, substituted names of validly elected delegates of the party with other names during the primary election of the PDP for Osun East Senatorial District.

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Oluwasuyi is asking the court to declare that Fadahunsi, being a political appointee and having failed to resign seven days before the date of collection for the ward  congress, was not eligible to the  primaries poll held on December 7th.

 

The plaintiff is seeking an order of the court directing the PDP to set aside the primary election won by Fadahunsi  because the party failed to use  the authentic delegate list for the primary poll.

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He also sought for a declaration that INEC should  conduct a fresh  poll to pick the flag bearer of the party in the election holding February 2015.

 

The plaintiff also, in a letter written to the Minister of Agriculture and the Executive Director of CRIN, warned the heads of the two agencies against any attempt to cover the alleged illegalities of Fadahunsi claiming  that the PDP candidate was planning to forward a backdated letter of his resignation to them.

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