Morufu Ayanlowo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun state has asked a court to disqualify Ademola Adeleke, the party’s candidate for Saturday’s Osun-West senatorial by-election. Ademola seeks to succeed his brother, late Senator Isiaka Adeleke who prior to his death represented the district.
However, Ayanlowo in his suit filed at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, says Adeleke had not become a bona fide member of the party as at the time he participated in the primaries where he emerged candidate. He said allowing Adeleke contest the election violates Section 8 of the PDP constitution.
The plaintiff is seeking a declaration that Adeleke did not satisfy the provisions contained in the PDP’s guidelines for primary election and can’t be the party’s candidate. More so, the suit seeks the court to declare illegal, null and void Adeleke’s participation and subsequent nomination as candidate of the party.
Ayanlowo joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
No date for hearing of the suit has been fixed by the Court.
The situation is not any better in the All Progressives Congress, where a party official, Tajudeen Adekunbi had asked a court to disqualify their candidate, Senator Mudashiru Hussain from contesting the same election. Adekunbi, who is state auditor of the party, joined as defendants to his suit the INEC, APC, Osun State government, chairman of the APC screening committee for the by election, Hon Sanusi Rikiji and chairman of the appeal committee of the APC, Hon Abdullahi Bello.