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Ekiti 2018: Contender sues Mega Party’s standard-bearer, INEC over alleged wrong substitution

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A contestant in the May 12 primaries of the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), Dr. Sunday Balogun, has filed a suit challenging the candidacy of Adebisi Omoyeni.

In the originating summons filed yesterday before a Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, Balogun is seeking to remove Omoyeni on the grounds that he did not emerge from the primaries conducted by the MPN.

The defendants in the suit are the MPN, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Omoyeni, and eight others.

Balogun said he was in court to challenge the alleged injustice done to him, adding that the substitution of his name with that of Omoyeni, a former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, was a violation of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
He insisted that Omoyeni was not a member of the MPN at the time that he contested and lost the primaries to him, and urged the court to set aside the terms of settlement relied upon by the party to give Omoyeni the ticket that he won at the primaries.

He further prayed the court to grant a mandatory injunction
recognising him as the authentic MPN governorship candidate.

The contender expressed confidence in the court to do justice to his case, to enable him to fly the MPN flag in the July 14 poll.

He told his supporters that he would follow the case to a logical conclusion to retrieve his mandate, adding that the sanctity of the votes cast for him by delegates must be protected.

Balogun stressed that he defeated political heavyweights as former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Bode Olowoporoku, and another former Deputy Governor, Abiodun Aluko to win the primaries, which was adjudged to be free, fair and transparent.

He lamented that the MPN denied him his mandate; even after the aggrieved members had gone to Abuja “to have a peace accord.”

He said it was agreed at the national headquarters of the party that whoever wins the primaries would be supported by others.


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