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Ogun LG Polls : Aspirant Drags APC, OGSIEC, Other To Court Over Substitution Of Name






By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

A councilorship aspirant, Mr Osularu Olabanjo Muyiwa has dragged the Vice Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Ikenne local government, Hon Efuwape Olaitan Muhammed and Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a State High Court sitting in Sagamu  over allegations of substitution of name.

Also dragged to the Sagamu High Court along with Efuwape and APC, is the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), which has Babatunde Osibodu as its Chairman.

This is coming  barely two weeks to the scheduled July 24, 2021 chairmanship and councillorship elections into the 20 Local Governments of Ogun state.

In the originating summons dated July 8 and filed on behalf of Osularu Olabanjo Muyiwa by the law firms of Fazaz Segun Daud and Co and Hussein Omikunle and Co was said to have been brought before the court in pursuant to section 36 of 1999 constitution, section 87 (9) of Electoral Acts 2010 as amended, Articles 7, 19 and 21 of APC constitution and paragraph 3, 4A (5) and 6 of the  APC electoral guidelines 2014 and order 3, rules 8 and 9 of Ogun State High Court.

Osularu in the affidavit deposed to claimed that he won the APC councilorship primaries for Ward 5, Iperu Remo held on May 20, 2021 but his name had allegedly been substituted for the first respondent, Hon Efuwape Olaitan Muhammed serving currently as the Vice Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the local government.

Osularu, in the court summon which compelled the three respondents to appear before the court within seven days after being served, is urging the court to determine among other things whether it was lawful aƧcording to section 87 (9) of the Electoral Acts 2010 as amended and APC constitution and election guidelines, his name should have been substituted for that of Hon Efuwape as the APC councilorship candidate for Ward 5, Iperu Remo in the coming local government elections.

The applicant has equally urged the court to give an order nullifying the name of Hon Efuwape as the APC councilorship candidate for Ward 5, Iperu Remo since his selection was not in accord with section 87 (9) of Electoral Acts 2010 as amended as well as APC constitution and election guidelines.

Osularu in the same vein, prayed the court to order the second respondent, APC to forward his name to the 3rd respondent, OGSIEC while the 3rd respondent must accept, list, publicize and print his name on the ballot paper as the APC councilorship candidate for Ward 5, Iperu Remo in the coming local government elections.

The applicant also urged the court to give an order of perpetual injunction restraining Efuwape from parading himself as the standard bearer of APC for Ward 5 in the coming local government elections while the party and OGSIEC must also henceforth stop dealing with him as far as this subject matter is concerned.

Osularu equally demanded that if at the date the court gives its judgement on this lawsuit, the 2021 Ogun State local government elections had been conducted and the first respondent had won as the APC councilorship candidate for Ward 5 Iperu Remo, the third respondent, OGSIEC must withdraw the certificate of return issued and award same to Osularu as the duly elected councilor for Ward 5, Iperu Remo.



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