The conduct of the Osun State gubernatorial election is under threat as the All Progressive Congress (APC) has dragged President Goodluck Jonathan to a federal high court, Ibadan, Oyo state.
The APC, which lost the Ekiti State gubernatorial election last month, is seeking an order restraining the president from deploying soldiers to Osun during the August 9th governorship election in the state.
Joined in the suit number FHC/L/CS/1108/14 is the Attorney General of the federation.
While many believe that the APC’s candidate in Ekiti, Governor Kayode Fayemi, was beaten fairly by Ayedele Fayose of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the APC decried the deployment of troops during the election in Ekiti.
The manner of the loss in Ekiti has exposed the APC as vulnerable in the South West, which has hitherto been taken for granted as its stronghold.
According to the originating summons of the case filed by M.A Banire & Associates, the legal chamber of the National Legal Adviser of the APC, Dr. Muiz Banire, the suit was brought pursuant to order 3, rules 1, 6 and 9 of the FHC (civil procedure) rules 2009; sections 217 of the 1999 constitution as amended.
The party is contending that by provisions of the 1999 constitution, it is ultra vires for the president to deploy members of the Armed forces to Osun state for the August 9governorship election.
Besides, the party is also asking the court to grant its reliefs including costs of filing the suit should the two defendants; President Jonathan and AGF fail to enter an appearance within the next 30 days.