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MPN petitions police, DSS over alleged impersonation of candidate



Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) in Ekiti State has petitioned the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to stop a contender for the party’s governorship ticket, Mr. Sunday Balogun, from parading himself as the party’s candidate in the July 14 governorship election.

They addressed their grievance to the State Director of DSS and Police commissioner, MPN state Chairman, Dare Adekolu, and state Secretary, Adekunle Aladesanmi, the party declared that its standard-bearer for the poll remains Adebisi Omoyeni.

The leaders accused Balogun of impersonating Omoyeni by parading himself as the authentic party’s candidate.In the petition entitled: “Misrepresentation of MPN Gubernatorial Candidate in the July 14 Election,” the party urged the security agencies to “call Balogun to order and stop him from further acts of impersonation, which could lead to confrontation and breakdown of law and order.”

It reads: “We wish to draw your attention to the ongoing act of impersonation, brazen disregard to lawful order of the court and public peace by one Sunday Balogun, who has been going round the state parading himself as the gubernatorial candidate of the party, in contravention of lawful court orders.

“As a reminder, you would recall the order of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti (Suit No: FHC/AD/CS/11/2018) of May 2, 2018, which ordered the faction of the MPN to which Sunday Balogun belong, not to conduct any primaries. It added: “INEC should not witness or entertain the outcome of such illegal gubernatorial primaries in the event of its conduct against lawful order of the court.”

The chieftains said they had briefed INEC, Police Force Headquarters, Abuja and the DSS headquarters in Abuja about his action.“It is therefore a dangerous contravention by Balogun to be parading himself, even after INEC had published the final list of all the 35 accredited gubernatorial candidates in Ekiti State. It can be seen in the INEC list that Adebisi Omoyeni is our authentic candidate in the election.” Balogun, had on Monday filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, asking the court to remove Omoyeni as the MPN candidate and replace his candidacy with his name, being the winner of the party primaries.

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