Osun Challenges PDP On Court Ruling

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

APC-vs-PDPOsun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to produce forthwith a certified true copy (CTC) of the pronouncement of the Federal Court of Appeal, which sat in Akure that ordered that the elections of federal and state legislators conducted by Ambassador Rufus Akeju in 2011 were nullified.

The party in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, said until the PDP can produce that certified true copy of the Appeal Court’s pronouncement, Nigerians and particularly the citizens of Osun should totally discountenance the PDP’s claim that the court has nullified the elections of their legislators.

“‘There is no such declaration by any court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the APC declared, adding that what the PDP has fed the public was not only a misinformation, but also a blatant lie.

The party said: “Before the 2011 election was held, the PDP went to the Federal High Court, Osogbo to stop Amb. Akeju, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, from supervising the said election on the allegation that the commissioner was allegedly a card -carrying member of the ACN (now APC) and a close associate of Senator Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader.

“The Osogbo Federal High Court granted the PDP an interlocutory injunction restraining Akeju from supervising the conduct of the election but refused the prayer that INEC be restrained from conducting the election.

“However, INEC immediately appealed and obtained a stay of execution of that ruling pending the determination of its appeal.

“Curiously, while the appeal was pending, prior to the election, the PDP also went back to the same Osogbo Federal High Court. Against all known legal procedure to demand a stay of proceedings of the case it took to the high Court. So effectively, not only the INEC, but also the PDP stopped any further action on the substantive matter until the determination of the appeal in the Court of Appeal, Akure. The elections held while the litigation was practically on hold.