‘Obanikoro Is Shady, Must Be Banned’ PDP Members Tell Court

Obanikoro
Obanikoro

The aspiration of former Minister for State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, for Lagos State governorship in 2015 may have to be decided by the court, as three members of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Michael Ogunsuada, Suleiman Saheed and Wasiu Odusan, have sued him.
The litigants are asking a state High Court in Ikeja to disqualify Obanikoro from taking part in the party’s primary election aimed at selecting its candidate for the contest.
The litigants alleged that Obanikoro forged his birth certificate submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the April 2007 election. Official documents bearing Obanikoro’s bio-data  showed he was born on July 28, 1960 and not July 28, 1954 he claims. They also want the court to determine Obanikoro’s alleged dual citizenship of the United States of America and Nigeria, which negates the Electoral Act, as amended.
Aside Obanikoro, other respondents are the PDP and INEC. The plaintiffs seek a perpetual injunction against the PDP from nominating, and INEC from accepting such nomination.  Ogunsuada, in a supporting affidavit he filed on 14 November, said he would be injured as a loyal party man if Obanikoro was nominated.“I am likely to be gravely prejudiced if the aspiration for nomination of the first respondent (Obanikoro) as a candidate in the primaries of the third respondent (PDP) is not restrained considering his shady antecedent!”Ogunsuada deposed.
The plaintiffs lawyers also prayed the court to accelerate hearing of the case before the party’s screening exercise to be held between 22 and 25 November.

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