PDP Primaries: Court Orders Obanikoro, Others To Maintain Status Quo

Justice  Kazeem Alogba of a Lagos high court, Ikeja has ordered parties in a suit seeking to stop Senator  Musiliu Obanikoro from contesting the December 8, 2014  governorship primaries of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos to maintain the status quo. The applicants in the suit who are members of the party include Micheal Babatunde Ogun, Suleiman Olayinka Saheed and Wasiu Adeniyi Odusan.

Joined as defendants alongside Senator Obanikoro are Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP.

The trial judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba refered parties to   the admonition in the decision of  judges of the Supreme Court in a suit, Ojukwu versus government of Lagos State 1986 NWLR PT. 86 .

Quoting from the judgment in the matter, Justice Alogba said,  “the law as to what obligations are placed on parties when they are aware of pending application seeking to restrain them from doing anything that could foist a fait accompli on the court with respect to an unfettered hearing and determination of that application on its full merits is very clear and live.

”I admonish all parties to obey the admonition in that decision of the learned jurists of our apex court”, he  said.

The appellants, through their lawyer, Wahab Shittu, had filed an ex parte motion before the court through which they urge the court to restrain the former Defence Minister-of-State.

They sought from the court, an order of interlocutory injuction restraining the first defendant from participating in the governorship primaries scheduled for December 8, 2014.

They also sought an order of interlocutory injuction restraning the PDP from nominating Senator Obanikoro to INEC for the purpose of contesting the 2015 governorship elections in Lagos state or any subsequent elections in Nigeria pending the hearing and determination of the originating summons and  for any such further orders as the court may deem fit.

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