The redeployment of Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo, the woman that conducted last year’s governorship re-run election in Ekiti State to Ondo State as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), has landed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its national Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, in court.
A lawyer, Mr. Titiloye Charles, has dragged INEC, Jega and Adebayo herself before a Federal High Court in Akure.
In suit no FHC/AK/CS/62/2010, the plaintiff is claiming that the former Ekiti State REC is not fit to be INEC commissioner for Ondo State going by her antecedents in such position.
In the suit, the applicant is seeking the following reliefs:
“A declaration that the second defendant, Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo is not fit, proper, reliable, neutral and independent person to be deployed and appointed as the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ondo State by the first and third defendants for the purpose of conducting the 2011general elections in Ondo State.
“A declaration that Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo is not fit and proper person who should continue to hold the office of Resident Electoral Commissioner by reason of her controversial conduct and lack of diligence in the performance of her duty during and after the re-run election in Ekiti State held sometimes in 2009.”
The plaintiff is also seeking an order of the court directing the INEC chairman and INEC to remove Mrs. Adebayo as the REC for Ondo State.
He is also asking the court to give an “Order of Perpetual Injunction restraining the first, second and third defendants from conducting any election in Ondo State with the second defendant presiding as REC and or as Electoral Returning Officer.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter.
It will be recalled that the ruling Labour Party and an Akure-based legal practitioner, Mr. Morakinyo Ogele, last weekend objected to the redeployment of Mrs. Adebayo to Ondo State.
However, if the status quo remains, Mrs. Adebayo will be performing her first assignment as REC in Ondo State this Saturday as INEC will be conducting a re-run election into the House of Assembly seat in Ilaje II State Constituency following the verdict of the Appeal Court sitting in Benin, Edo State, sacking Otito Atikase of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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