The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the Oyo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin, in the 2015 election.
The INEC had written to the National chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu to be guided by the order of the court on the election.
In the letter addressed to the national chairman of the party, signed by the commission’s secretary, Augusta C. Ogakwu, a copy of which was obtained by our reporter, INEC confirmed the receipt of the court order restraining it from accepting the party’s candidates from Oyo State.
The letter said the Federal High Court, Abuja had restrained the commission from accepting, recognising or treating as nominated, candidates of the PDP who did not emerge in accordance with the order of the court, urging the party to be guided accordingly.
The party had gone ahead to conduct the primary elections in the state, using only statutory delegates when the controversies trailing the ad hoc ward delegates congress held on two different occasions could not be resolved.
The decision to use the statutory delegates was also against a court order by E. S. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which directed that a specific list of delegates obtained at the second ad hoc ward delegates congress be used for the purpose of the primary elections.
With the use of only the statutory delegates of about 200, over 1,000 ad hoc delegates from the 351 wards in the 33 local government areas of the state at three delegates per ward were disenfranchised.