14th December, 2010
The Ogun State Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP,Â crisisÂ worsen as a stalwart of PDP in the state, Senator Monsurudeen Babatunde Osholake, who was said to have been appointed as the chairman of the party in the state, has dragged the party before a Federal High CourtÂ in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Joined as co-defendants in the claim filed before the court by Barister Gani Bello are Chief Dayo Soremi and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The plaintiff averred that in a bid to resolve the crisis in the party in the state, it was agreed that the two major factions ledÂ by Senator Jubril Martins Kuye and the state governor, Otunba Gbanga Daniel, should jointly constitute a new executive committee.
To this effect, Senator Kuyeâ€™s faction was to appoint the chairman while the other group was to appoint the deputy party chairman.
Based on this agreement, Senator Osholake averred that though he was elected for the office of chairmanÂ by Kuye’s group,Â Chief Dayo Soremi still parades himself to the press, PDP and INEC asÂ the nominee of the group.
The plaintiff also averredthat INEC has published the time table for april 2011 elections and as chairmanÂ he is the right person to organise election for the party aspirants.Â He feared unless Soremi is called to order, INEC may later declare all the primaryÂ elections of the primaries of the party null and void.
In view of this development, the plaintiff therefore urged the court not only to declare himÂ as the nominee of the senator kuyeâ€™s group for the office of chairman of PDP in Ogun State but to also restrain Chief Soremi from parading himself as the chairman ofÂ PDP in Ogun State.