By Abubakar Ahmed
A federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain status quo on the contentious gubernatorial primary election held in Lagos over a week ago.
The court has fixed December 23, 2014 for INEC and the PDP to appear before it and as such forbids Mr. Jimi Agbaje , the acclaimed winner to stop parading himself as the candidate of the PDP until the suit is heard.
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro had pleaded with the court to compel the PDP not to accept the result of the primary election held on the 8th of December in Lagos due to the alleged rigging that saw 806 accredited voters turn in 866 votes.
Obanikoro also asked the court not to recognize Jimi Agbaje because he joined the party barely six months ago and as such morally unfit to contest for governorship since the National Working Committee of the party had not given him a waiver.
Other allegation was that the leader of the party in Lagos, Chief Olabode George allegedly came with thugs to scare accredited voters loyal to Obanikoro away from the venue.
Hence, Obanikoro seeks an outright cancellation of the exercise and set a date for a re-conduct.