Contrary to the misleading information being spread across the media that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through its National Commissioner for Information, Media and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye said Adebutu is on his own for campaigning for votes in the March 2nd Governorship election.
According to a statement issued on Friday by Afolabi Orekoya, Media Consultant to Ladi Adebutu Democratic Organisation, he said Okoye was wrongly quoted by desperate and mischievous people who are only interested in misleading the public and cause confusion to the disadvantage of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State.
Okoye only mentioned that INEC is obeying Judgements of properly constituted courts of law as reason for publishing the names of candidates and never mentioned Hon. Ladi Adebutu’s name but he failed to mention that INEC refused to act on an appeal court judgement that nullified the order their decision was based on.
The Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan on 18th December, 2018 had delivered an unanimous judgement that nullified the order of a Federal High Court earlier given by Justice Abubarka in Abeokuta on 2nd October, 2018. The presiding Judge of the Appeal Court, Justice Bada while delivering the judgement affirmed that it is only the Party at the National that is vested with the sole right of presenting candidates to INEC.
This Appeal Court judgement was served on INEC on 28th December, 2018 and again on 10th January, 2019 but INEC claimed that the judgement could not be found in its records for considering before publishing the candidates list.
However, Senator Buruji Kashamu approached the Supreme Court to contest the Appeal Court judgement and on Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019, the Counsel to Buruji, Alex Izion, SAN, lost the matter as the Supreme Court struck out the matter on the premise that it was a pre-election matter.
With this development, the Appeal Court judgement still subsists and should be considered by INEC without any delay.
Adebutu has fulfilled all the provisions of the electoral guidelines and emerged from the primary conducted by the National Working Committee of PDP.