Edo 2016: Accord Party candidate kicks as INEC rejects name

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin 

The governorship candidate of the Accord Party (AP) in Edo State, Mr. Don Pedro Obaseki has kicked against the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reject his candidature. With the development, Obaseki may not be able to participate in the forthcoming election unless he gets a judge that will vacate a court order barring the INEC from accepting his name as candidate of the Accord Party. 

Don Pedro was shocked when his name and the Accord Party was not among the 19 names of candidates and political parties released by INEC. 

A factional chairman of the party, Dr. Samson Isibor, had reportedly secured a Federal High court order on the last day required by INEC for political parties to submit names of its candidates and running mates. 

Dr. Isibor had named Lawal Muhammad Nalado, Mr. Nureni Adisa, Don Pedro Obaseki and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants in the suit. 

In a telephone chat with our reporter, Don Pedro said he was not aware of the suit until INEC was served the injunctions granted by the court. 

Don Pedro said he could not get a counter order because courts have gone on recess till September. 

He stated that the party has begun searching for a vacation judge that would hear the defendants’ argument and vacate the order. 

He said, “Paid apologists have taken me and INEC to court and they got a court order to stop me from running. INEC in obedience to the court order has not published my name. 

“Yet, I can’t get a counter-order as the courts have gone on recess till September. Is this fair? Is this the fate of our state? Who is afraid of an ordinary man who dares to dream.”


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