A Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Tuesday sacked a federal lawmaker, Hon. Bode Ayorinde as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Ose/Owo Federal Constituency ahead of the forthcoming House of Representatives election.
The court confirmed Sadiq Obanoyen as the authentic PDP candidate having won the party’s primary election.
In his ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Abdul Dogo directed the National Secretariat of the PDP to submit the name of Sodiq Obanoyen to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the authentic candidate of the party.
According to the court, it was wrong for the national leadership of the PDP to have sent the name of the incumbent federal lawmaker, Ayorinde to INEC, instead of Obanoyen, who was said to have won the House of Representatives PDP primary in Ose/Owo Federal constituency, held in Owo in October, 2018.
It was gathered that Obanoyen polled a total of 107 votes, while Ayorinde scored 73 votes, but the party sent Ayorinde’s name to the INEC as the party’s standard – bearer.
Not satisfied with the development, Obanoyen challenged the action of the party at the court.
The suit had the PDP, the chairman in the state, Clement Faboyede, Ayorinde and the INEC as the first, second, third and forth defendants of the case.
The counsel to the third defendant ( Ayorinde), Mr. Tolu Babaleye, in one of his prayers, asked the court to uphold the disqualification of the plaintiff on the ground that the latter did not resign his appointment as a legislative aide to the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeremadu before obtaining the form to contest, the action said to be against the party’s election guidelines, but the Court struck out the prayers.
The plaintiff’s legal team led by Mr. Remi Olatubora presented the evidence that showed the appropriate resignation of the client to the court.
Meanwhile, Ayorinde’s lawyer has filed an appeal against the judgment.
Ayorinde, a serving member of the House of Representatives representing Ose/Owo constituency, dumped the APC, for PDP last year because of what he described as alleged impunity in the party.
The lawmaker, who was among the House of Representatives members that defected to the opposition party on July 24, said the APC disappointed many democrats during the last congress.