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Eligibility Contest: Ogboru’s Supporters Jubilate Over Court Decision

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Charles Okogene
Supporters of Chief Great Ogboru, the Labour Party (LP) candidate in the April 11 governorship election in Delta State, has taken to the cyberspace rejoicing over the decision of an Asaba Federal High Court which directed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to seek redress at the Election Petition Tribunal in a matter it brought against the candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC), Accord Party (AC) and LP.
Justice Olatunregun Ishola had on Thursday (May 18) ruled that ruled that though, the case “has merits, it is an inter-party issue and a post-election matter which can be resolved at the Election Petition Tribunal.”

Justice Ishola held that  “the   plaintiffs did not show sufficient evidence to prove that their rights have been injured by the defendants in the matter” and subsequently struck out the matter and urged the parties not to use the courts  as “a play ground.”
The directive had expectedly sent supporters of the opposition parties rejoicing that the decision is a signal that the victory of PDP’s candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, may be voided at the Tribunal more so when the directive is also coming a day after the APC candidate in the governorship election, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor had called for the relocation of the state’s election tribunal to Abuja like that of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.
Though, PDP counsel, Akinnolu Timothy Kehinde (SAN) had said that  the judgment court would be studied and a position would be taken by his clients, feelers from the state secretariat of the ruling party in the state indicate that there is appreciable tension over Justice Ishola’s directive which is coming on the heels of the call by Emerhor whose party is in power at the national level.
Then background with reasons why PDP went to court.


In the suit ((FHC/ASB/CS/28,29,30/2015), filed few weeks before the March/April general elections, the PDP had asked the court to disqualify all the candidates of the three political parties standing for election in the state  on the grounds  that  their  parties violated sections 85(1) of the Electoral Acts , 2010 (as amended) which provides that every registered political party shall give the commission at least 21 days’ notice of any convention, congress, conference or meeting convened for the purpose of electing members of its executive committees, other governing bodies or nominating candidates for any of the elective offices specified under this act.