By Adebisi Onanuga
Two Ogun State councillorship aspirants, Osularu Muyiwa and Olalekan Babatunde from Ward 5 and 3 at Iperu in Ikenne Local Government have withdrawn the suits filed against the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), over alleged substitution of their names in the local government election slated for Saturday.
The second defendant in the suit before Sagamu High Court is the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC).
Their decision to withdraw the suits followed the intervention of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
The governor and the two councillorship aspirants are from Iperu Remo.
Osularu, during the resumed proceedings, told the court that after winning the councillorship primaries of the ruling party for Ward 5, Iperu Remo, he was surprised to note that when the list of councillorship candidates for Saturday’s local government poll was released on June 24, his name had been substituted for that of Efuwape Muhammed, the vice chairman, Caretaker Committee of Ikenne Local Government, who never participated in the primaries.
Relying on relevant sections of the APC 2014 Constitution as amended and the 2010 Electoral Acts as amended, Osularu, through his counsel, Fazaz Daud and Hussein Omikunle, prayed the court to quash the injustice and reinstate him as the APC councillorship candidate for Iperu Ward 5.
Olalekan, in a separate suit before same court explained how his name, after winning the councillorship primaries for Iperu Ward 3, was substituted for that of Lekan Osinowo, whom he defeated by 11 votes.
He urged the court to quash the electoral fraud.
However, speaking with reporters yesterday, Osularu and Olalekan said they decided to withdraw the cases due to what they termed as the fatherly intervention by Governor Abiodun.
They said their decision was also based on the need to preserve further the unity of the party, as it focuses on achieving 100 per cent victory on Saturday.
A party chieftain from the local government, Mr. Armstrong Akintunde, said the APC members were happy that the two aspirants had withdrawn their suits against the ruling party.