Court Orders INEC to publish the names of all the candidates for the Ogun Labour Party’s legislative seat

Court Orders INEC to publish the names of all the candidates for the Ogun Labour Party's legislative seat

The Federal High Court in Abeokuta has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish the names of the Labour Party (LP) legislative candidates in Ogun State for the 2023 general elections.

In a pre-election suit filed by the LP, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Abayomi Arabambi & 8 Ors, requests that the Court order INEC (the sole defendant) to recognize and publish the names of candidates submitted by the party.

Remember that INEC omitted all candidates from the Party in July because it had no record of names submitted. The commission also stated that the party failed to submit the names of its candidates on time.

In delivering his judgement, Justice Akintayo Aluko upheld the prayers of the plaintiffs and ordered INEC to immediately publish the names of all the legislative (3 Senatorial, 9 House of Reps and 26 House of Assembly) Candidates of the Party.

Justice Aluko affirmed that the Party conducted her Primaries in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act and submitted those names before the expiration period given to political parties.

This judgement is only binding on legislative Candidates as Kehinde Anthony Sogunle (LP Governorship Candidate) and Aishat Lawal Keshiro (LP Deputy Governorship Candidate) are in another suit seeking the same reliefs of re-instating them as Candidates for the forthcoming election.

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