The Minority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon Rasheed Elegbeleye has dragged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Federal High Court sitting in Akure over the outcome of the party’s primary.
The lawmaker through his lawyer, Mr. Jimoh Salau alleged that the party used doctored delegates to conduct the primary election in his constituency, Akoko Northeast Local Government area of the state.
He also alleged that the national delegate that voted during presidential primary was not elected by the party members from the constituency.
The suit filed before the Federal High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital has as defendants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Chairman of PDP in Ondo state, Hon Fatai Adams, the declared winner of the primary, Mr Olanrewaju Akintola and the National secretariat of the PDP.
Hon Elegbeleye asked the court to declare null and void the result of the primary election in his constituency and asked for a fresh one because of the alleged use of doctored delegates for the state and national convention of the party.
In the said election, he claimed that the Edo and Isowopo ward delegates used for the conduct of the election were not properly elected at the congress of the party.
Also, the lawmaker asked the court for an order nullifying the primary election because the venue used for the election was not in consonant with the Constitution of the PDP and an order barring the INEC from accepting the result of the election held outside the jurisdiction recognized by the party’s constitution.
The major grouse of the lawmaker was the alleged intimidation of voters loyal to him, who he said were prevented from getting to the venue of the election.
According to him, prior to the scheduled primary election, he complained about the venue of the primary election to the PDP Chairman about the venue, which he said was in the neighbourhood of his co-contestant.
Hon Elegbeleye emphasized that as a result of the venue of the primary, which was close to the neighborhood of his co-contestant, the delegates who were loyal to him were intimidated with violence and could not vote under the freewill atmosphere.
In his writ, the lawmaker said the Chairman of the party had threatened to use his position to prevent him from getting the second term ticket of the party to the House of Assembly

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