APC Primaries case : Kayode Ojo raises alarm over alleged planned attack on supporters, lawyers

The Kayode Ojo Campaign Organisation, (KOCO) has alleged uncovered evil plans to attack supporters and lawyers of Engr Kayode Ojo, a governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, to frustrate the sitting of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti to adopt the written addresses in the pending case before it.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Director of Media of the organisation, Alhaji Deji Ayelabowo on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, calling on relevant security agencies to scale up their game to protect the sanctity of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti to avoid the impending desecration of the temple of Justice.

According to the statement, “a strategic meeting with leaders of the various drivers’ union was allegedly held on Thursday, where a reliable insider’s source, who pleaded anonymity claimed that the leadership of the union was asked to mobilize their members to court on Friday.

“The campaign organisation reliably gathered that the meeting was held to perfect their plans to attack Kayode Ojo, his supporters and lawyers, in order for the court not to sit to adopt the written addresses in the pending case before the court of law.

“We therefore call on those behind the evil plan to prevail on their supporters from carrying out their alleged attack.

“We file our case before a competent court of law as peace loving citizens, we want to remind those asked to carry out the alleged attack to remember that no blood of any Ekiti sons and daughters is worth the struggle for power.”

The Campaign Organisation appealed to heads of the security agencies and leadership of the party in Ekiti State to take note and nip the plots in the bud.

“Consequently, we wish to alert the Commissioner of Police, Director of the Department for State Security (DSS), Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and all the security agencies to ensure that the evil plots do not come to pass.

“Likewise, this is a call on the leadership of the Party in Ekiti State to work with relevant security agencies and party leaders to ensure that every plot capable of jeopardizing the party’s cohesion and chances is thwarted,”the Campaign Organisation cautioned.

Mr Kayode Ojo had challenged what he termed “gross irregularities” during the APC gubernatorial primary election of the Party, asking a Federal High Court in the State to declare him the rightful candidate of the party in the election.

Biodun Oyebanji was declared the elected candidate of the party in the January 27 primaries in Ado-Ekiti while Mr Kayode Ojo came second during the exercise, aftermath of which he (Kayode Ojo) approached the Court to challenge the result of the primaries, saying he was the duly elected candidate of the party.

In a suit number FHC/ABJ/C5/15/2022, Ojo challenged what he termed “gross irregularities” during the APC gubernatorial primary election of the party.

Joined in the suit are APC, Ekiti, Biodun Oyebanji, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and all the chairmen of the local governments’ election committee/returning officers, who are known supporters of the second defendants, but were constituted to conduct the primary.

In his prayers, Mr Ojo questioned the decision of the party to conduct the primary election with “the use of political appointees of the state executive as electoral committee/returning officers”

He said it constituted an irregularity and fundamental non-compliance with the party guidelines regulating the conduct of the said party primaries, the Electoral Act.

He equally prayed the court to set aside the party gubernatorial primary conducted on January 27 on the grounds of the constitutional infraction and flagrant infringement on guidelines and the 1999 constitution and ordering the conduct of a fresh primary by the party.

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