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Adebutu set for appeal as NWC meets over Ogun PDP crisis today

By Seye Olumide (Southwest Bureau Chief)
04 October 2022   |   2:52 am
National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will, today, deliberate on the crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter.

Ladi Adebutu, Ogun PDP gubernatorial

National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will, today, deliberate on the crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter.

This is coming on the heels of Ladi Adebutu insisting that he remains the party’s candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election just as he (Adebutu) is poised to appeal the judgment that nullified all the primaries held by the chapter.

Recall that the Federal High Court, Abuja, last Tuesday, nullified all previous primaries and ordered the conduct of fresh ones within 14 days.

The development followed a suit filed by one Segun Seriki and others, claiming to have emerged from the primaries conducted by a faction.

In another suit instituted by one Taiwo Olabode and others on behalf of over 380 ad hoc delegates, who alleged disenfranchisement at the governorship primary held on May 25, 2022, the same court nullified the primary and ordered the party to conduct a fresh exercise within 14 days, using the delegates list certified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in line with Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Sources close to the party’s secretariat said the national leadership had earlier fixed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week for the court-ordered primaries but the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who returned from a medical trip abroad a few days ago, halted the plan and fixed the NWC meeting in its place.

The Guardian further gathered that most of the NWC members are in support of the rerun, believing that such would heal all wounds and calm frayed nerves to avoid the All Progressives Congress (APC) scenarios in Zamfara and Rivers states in 2019.

Media Director, Ladi Adebutu and Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Afolabi Orekoya, in a statement, insisted that Adebutu remains the party’s candidate.

The statement reads: “The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had earlier ruled on the nomination of the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State. The appellate court did not invalidate the prior nomination of Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu as the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State but ordered that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court should reassign for accelerated hearing the case of Otunba Jimi Lawal seeking a determination of delegates list.

“For clarity and proper understanding of the matter by the general public, Otunba Lawal approached the Appeal Court to seek redress in an earlier judgment against him at the Federal High Court, which struck out his suit. However, the Appeal Court found his submission inadequate and only granted a retrial.”

“Again, this position of the appellate court has nothing to do with the nomination of Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu is the candidate of Ogun PDP.

“However, on this matter, an appeal to the Supreme Court is allowed for both parties.

“We, therefore, call on our members, supporters and the good people of Ogun State to remain calm and be assured of victory at the end.”

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