From Osagie Otabor, Akure
No fewer than 2,300 delegates will converge on Akure, the Ondo State capital, at the moment to elect the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP).
Eight aspirants are competing for the ticket. They’re Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, who just lately defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Southwest Zonal Chief Dr. Eddy Olafeso, former Commissioner for the Atmosphere Sola Ebiseeni, former federal legislator Bode Ayorinde, former Justice Commissioner Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, Godday Erewa, and Banji Okunowo.
The opposition get together has been gripped by stress over complaints about alleged manipulation of delegates’ record and monetization of the method by one of many aspirants.
On Tuesday, an Akure Excessive Court docket struck out a movement looking for to cease Ajayi from taking part on the major.
The presiding Decide, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe, requested the plaintiff to serve all events within the swimsuit as an alternative of coming by way of an movement exparte.
A member of the PDP, Mr Olopele Konstante Timi, had by way of his counsel, Akpofiweii Anthony, requested the courtroom to disqualify Ajayi over allegation that his certificates was cast.
Olopele, within the swimsuit, stated Ajayi breached the code of conduct for public officers and will due to this fact, be banned from holding any public workplace for a most interval of 10 years going ahead.
The exparte movement introduced earlier than the courtroom was instituted with an originating summon that was dated July 17, 2020, with swimsuit no. AK/45M/2020.
Olopele stated Ajayi had constantly acted in breach of Part 1, fifth Schedule, Half 1 of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers in addition to breach of the provisions of the rules of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Act, Cap W4 Legislation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
Justice Adegbehingbe threw out the movement exparte and stuck the listening to of the substantive swimsuit on July 30, 2020.
Ajayi had by way of his Media Adviser, Allen Sowore, stated the details and points within the swimsuit had been the identical because the case already adjudicated upon by the Court docket of Attraction in case attraction quantity: CA/B/EPT/330A/2008. between himself and Prince Olubukola Ebietomiye of the Democratic Individuals’s Alliance, (DPA) in 2007, whereby he was absolved of any unsuitable doing.
However, Ondo State PDP youth known as on the Nationwide Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and the Commissioner of Police, Salami Bolaji, to warning Ajayi towards inflicting chaos on the major.
The youths alleged that Ajayi had mobilised ex-militants, some All Progressives Congress (APC) member and unlawful delegates to Akure.
Talking underneath the auspices of Democratic Reformation Power (DRF), the Coordinator, Prince Ojo Olatunji, stated Ajayi meant to induce members of the electoral committee for the accreditation of eligible voters with enormous sum of money in order that they’d use his personal manufactured register for accreditation.
Prince Olatunji urged Secondus to name Ajayi to order to avert pointless crises in Ondo PDP.
He stated: “Seven governorship aspirants of the PDP, State Caretaker Committee led by Clement Faboyede, members of the Board of Trustees of the PDP in Ondo State, coupled with the Elders Council had unanimously raised an alarm just lately that one of many aspirant allegedly bribed Kingsley Chinda led committee to physician the delegate record, thereby resulting in the reversal of the doctored record by the NWC of the Get together.”
He added: “Ajayi has determined to supply a register with delegates names throughout the assorted wards of Ondo State which he intends to provide members of the committee that might be on the gate for accreditation. Already, a few of the faux delegates are being mobilized to Akure, the state capital”, the group added.
“We additionally name on the PDP major electoral committee led by His Excellency Ifeanyi Ugwanyi to pay attention to this new plan by Ajayi; and we attraction to him to warn all of the members of his panel to not compromise themselves as a result of the results of being compromised might be extreme.”
“We additionally name on the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to warn Agboola Ajayi to not create unrest in Ondo State.”