*Why he may not be Osun PDP guber candidate
Unsettling twists have emerged on the Osun PDP guber primaries as Senator Ademola Adeleke may once again, be denied the opportunity of governing the good people of Osun,thus, raising the poser if the amiable politician will ever realize his ambition of leading his people.
Just as it is not unusual for Sen. Ademola Adeleke to be involved in legal tussle in the quest to be recognised as the Osun state PDP guber candidate, new facts have recently emerged on why he cannot be recognised as such.
Barely a week after Adeleke was declared the winner of the parallel PDP governorship primary election backed by the national working committee (NWC) of the party, Dotun Babayemi was also announced as the winner of the Olagunsoye Oyinlola faction, making it an instance of double candidacy by PDP.
A situation which led an Osun state high court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising Ademola Adeleke as the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Osun governorship election.
This is following the mandatory interim injunction, dated March 10, 2022, an ex parte order filed by Edmund Biriomoni on behalf of Adedokun Ademola and 29 others.
The ruling on an ex parte motion was brought before the court by some PDP ward chairmen in the state on March 3, the court presided over by Adeyinka Aderigbigbe ruled that the ward congress held by the Soji Adagunodo-led state working committee on September 25, 2021, is the only valid congress.
This is as the court also held that only the delegates elected from the congress should vote at the party’s primary.
In the ex parte motion issued on Thursday, the judge further affirmed that the delegates elected on September 25, 2021, are authentic delegates.
“An order of mandatory interim injunction is granted by this court recognising or affirming the Peoples Democratic Party, Osun state governorship primary conducted on the 8th of March, 2022, wherein the ward executive officers elected on the 25th of September, 2021 in the following wards listed as (a) -(y) in the motion paper of the Peoples Democratic Party voted as delegates in full compliance with the judgement of the court delivered on 22nd of November, 2021 and order of the mandatory interim injunction granted on the 3rd of March, 2022, affirming the 215 ward executive officers as the authentic/or authorised elected ward executive officers permitted to vote as delegates at the party governorship primaries,” the ruling reads.
“An order of mandatory interim injunction of this court is granted restraining the defendants/respondents from recognising any other governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, Osun state conducted on the 8th of March, 2022, apart from the governorship primaries conducted on the 8th of March, 2022 wherein ward executive officers elected on the 25th of September, 2021 in the following wards listed as (a) -(y) in the motion papers, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Osun state voted as delegates at governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Osun state in full compliance with the judgement of the court delivered on the 22nd of November, 2021 and order of mandatory interim injunction granted on the 3rd of March, 2022 affirming the 215 ward executive officers as the authentic/or authorised or elected ward executive officers permitted to vote as delegates at the party governorship primaries.”
The court noted that the exercise embarked upon by the National Working Committee of the party is null and void, saying the actions were taken flout the judgement of November 22, 2021, which recognized the Ward Executive Officers which produced delegates for the primaries
The court has also fixed March 16 for further hearing on the matter.
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