Posted by News Express | 28 November 2014 | 3,344 times
Efforts by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop a former Minister of State Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, from contesting the December 8, PDP gubernatorial primary in Lagos State yesterday hit brick walls as the state High court in Lagos refused their prayers.
Justice Kazeem Alogba, who presided over the case, held that the applicants failed to prove the urgency of the action to warrant granting the order.
Three members of the party in Lagos- Micheal Ogun, Suleiman Saheed and Wasiu Odusan had urged the court to declare that Obanikoro is ineligible to participate in the forthcoming primaries of the party on the ground that he allegedly committed perjury.
In their originating summons supported with five exhibits among which is an American passport claimed as belonging to Obanikoro but obtained under a different name, an international passport claimed to belong to Obanikoro but alleged carrying a false age.
Joined as respondents in the suit are Obanikoro, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP.
The judge, however, held that considering the gravity of the allegations levelled against Obanikoro, it would only be fair to grant him fair hearing before making any such order.
The court added that it did not believe that the interest of the applicants would be jeopardised in anyway if the court did not make an instant order restraining Obanikoro from participating in the said primary.
The court subsequently adjourned till December 9, to hear the substantive suit.
•Credit: Vanguard. Photo shows Obanikoro.
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