Court Directs INEC to Recognise Sheriff-led Faction Governorship Candidates in Edo, Ondo

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Thursday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise only candidates from the Ali Modu Sheriff-led National Working Committee (NWC), for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo.
This was sequel to a suit: FHC/ABJ/CS/439/2016, filed by two governorship aspirants of the PDP in Edo and Ondo states, Chief Benson Akingboye (Ondo) and Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo).
Justice Okon Abang, in a ruling, granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining INEC, the PDP and their agents from dealing with or according any facility required by law (regarding the governorship elections to be conducted by INEC in Edo and Ondo states) to any other persons or group other than the Senator Sheriff led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party
The Judge directed INEC and the PDP and their agents to “recognise, deal with and accord all facilities required by law“(regarding the elections in Edo and Ondo states) to the Ali Modu Sheriff, Prof Wale Oladipo and Fatai Adeyanju led NWC.
Justice Abang further directed INEC and the PDP to “reject and ignore any activity (including primary elections/congresses for the nomination of candidates of the PDP for the elections in Edo and Ondo states, purportedly conducted on behalf of the 2nd defendant (PDP) by any other persons or group of persons other than the Senator Sheriff, Prof Wale Oladipo and Fatai Adeyanju-led NWC.”
The plaintiffs are, by the suit, asking the court, among others, to determine between the Sheriff-led committee and the Ahmed Markafi-led committee, who the legitimate leaders of the PDP are in view of the various court orders obtained in relation to the dispute over the party’s leadership.

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