The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tokunbo Abiru, is facing eligibility hurdle in court, raising the fear of his possible disqualification from participating in the Lagos East senatorial bye-election.
The crux of the eligibility suit, according to a report by Crossfire (an online news publication) is alleged double registration.
Abiru wass also said not to be a registered voter in the senatorial district he wished to represent.
This, according to the report, was a violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, is the plaintiff in the suit in which Abiru and the APC have been dragged through the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.
In the suit, Abiru is being accussed of “identity fraud” as he allegedly registered twice and therefore in possession of two Permanent Voters Card, (PVC).
Records at Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) server, the report claimed “show that Abiru has two PVCs with numbers 90F5B05EEB295604194 and 90F5AFEA90418213518 respectively.”
Also, Abiru was said not to be a registered voter in the Lagos East senatorial district.
Gbadamosi in his suit claimed that Abiru wrote a letter dated 14th August 2020 to INEC requesting a transfer of his address from Road A2 HSE Ago, Carlton Gate Estate, off Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos to 38 Oriwu Road, Ita Elewa, Ikorodu, Lagos.
But his request was not granted as INEC informed him of the suspension of the continuous voters registration excercise.
With such denial, Abiru would be unable to vote for himself in the scheduled October 31st 2020 bye-election.
Abiru, who until recently was the Managing Director of Polaris Bank, “is facing uncertain political future.”
The report quoted an APC stalwart, to have said that “APC is reaping the fruits of its profound disdain for rule of law and its brazen promotion of impunity, imposition and godfatherism.”
The national leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, according to the stalwart, reportedly uprooted “his lackey, Abiru from the bank and imposed him on the party over and above established loyal party men without doing due diligence.
“So, will Lagos State suffer a crushing and humiliating electoral loss as it did in Edo state recently as a result of the overbearing influence of the godfather? Maybe.”