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Ekiti PDP House of Assembly candidates sue INEC; want APC assembly members sacked over non-conduct of primary election

The 26 candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ekiti
State House of Assembly election have dragged the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja,
seeking nullification of the election of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) members of the House of Assembly over alleged emergence as the
party candidates without primary election.

The suit number FHC/ABJ/C5/556/19, filed on behalf of the PDP assembly
candidates on May 24, 2019, by Mr. Oluwatosin Ojaomo, could not come
up before Justice A. R. Mohammed, today, as the judge was absent.

Justice Mohammed however directed that that the matter be adjourned
till October 2, 2019.

The respondents had written a letter to INEC through their counsel on
May 16, 2019, requesting for Certified True Copies of the results of
primary elections and other documents, including the commission’s
report on the conduct of the APC House of Assembly primary election in
Ekiti State. This request was not honoured.

The 26 PDP Assembly candidates are seeking the court declaration as to
whether or not the APC can lawfully nominate candidates to INEC for
the Ekiti State House of Assembly elections 2019 without conducting a
primary election for the aspirants contesting under the party as
required by law.

Other reliefs being sought are; “A declaration that the names of APC
candidates submitted to INEC for the purpose of participation in the
2019 House of Assembly election in Ekiti State is null and void
ab-initio as the APC has no duly nominated candidates for the

“A declaration that INEC is duty bound to ensure compliance with the
provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“A declaration that none conduct of primary election for its nominated
candidates for 2019 House of Assembly election in Ekiti State as
provided for in the Electoral Act automatically nullifies the
participation of the candidates and where they even participated in
the election, such participation was an exercise in futility

“An order directing INEC to withdraw the Certificates of Return
unlawfully issued to the candidates on APC for the 2019 House of
Assembly election in Ekiti State.”

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