6th May, 2011
A member representing Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency,Â Ogun StateÂ in the House of Representatives, Hon Dave Salako has dragged theÂ Independent National Electoral CommissionÂ andÂ Peoples Democratic Party before a Federal High CourtÂ sitting inÂ AbujaÂ over wrongful substitution of his name as the candidate of the party inÂ Â the April 9 National Assembly election.
Â Although the party lost the seat to theÂ Action CongressÂ ofÂ Nigeria, ACN, the plaintiff insisted that notwithstanding he wants justice to be done against the defendants who illegally substituted his name without hisÂ knowledge.
He also joined Mr. Oladipupo Adebutu, the beneficiary of his illegal substitution as a defendant in the suit.Â
The police had earlier before the NASS election dragged the Chairman of theÂ former President Olusegun ObasanjoÂ faction of theÂ Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Chief Â Dayo Soremi and four others before an Abuja Magistrate’s courtÂ over alleged substitution of the House of Representative candidate, representing Remo Federal Constituency, Dave Salako.Â
They were accused of allegedly substituting Salakoâ€™s name despite scoring the highest number of votes in theÂ primary elections.
The accused persons were alleged to have connived with the Independent National Electoral CommissionÂ ,INEC,to substitute his name with that of Oladipupo Olatunde Adebutu.
The court later admitted the accused persons to bail and fixed tody, Friday 6 May for trial.Â
Salako had filed a fresh suit at the Federal High court challenging the actions of both INEC and PDP.
The case comes up for further hearing on 19 May.
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja