Senator Musiliu Obanikoro fights back over plan to stop his Governorship Aspiration, Immediate past Minister of State for Defence and governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, yesterday urged a Lagos State High Court, sitting in Ikeja to dismiss the case instituted against him by some chieftains of the party.
Three PDP members in the state, Micheal Babatunde Ogun, Suleiman Olayinka Saheed and Wasiu Adeniyi Odusan had sued Obanikoro on the grounds that he was not eligible to contest the governorship ticket of his party.
Joined as defendants in the case were Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP. Among other reliefs, the applicants had sought a declaration of the court that Obanikoro was not eligible to contest the primaries based on paragraph 4(a) of Part IV of the Electoral Guidelines for Primary Election 2014 of the PDP and his antecedents as particularised in the affidavit in support of the originating summon.They also sought a declaration that the first respondent (Obanikoro) stood disqualified by virtue of constitutional provisions, including Electoral Act from aspiring for nomination in the governorship primaries of the third respondent or “any registered political party in Nigeria for the purpose of contesting 2015 general elections for governorship in Lagos State or any subsequent elections in Nigeria.”
The applicants sought an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the first defendant from participating in the governorship primaries of the PDP held on Monday “or in the alternative, of any of the registered political parties in Nigeria.”
They also sought for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the PDP from nominating Senator Obanikoro to INEC for the purpose of contesting the 2015 governorship elections in Lagos State or any subsequent elections in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons. PROCEED TO SEE MORE ON PAGE 2