The crisis rocking Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) intensified on Wednesday, as Buruji Kashamu’s faction of the party secured an order of the Federal High Court in Lagos for leave to serve contempt proceedings against former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankola.
Apart from Bankole, others mentioned as alleged contemnors in the committal proceedings filed on Wednesday are the PDP, former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel and a former member of the House of Representatives from the state, Dave Salako.
The contempt suit was filed by Adebayo Dayo-led faction of the PDP, which is believed to be loyal to Kashamu, who is a chieftain of the party.
In the committal proceedings, it was alleged that the alleged contemnors (Bankole, Daniel and Salako) have been indulging in series of activities to remove the Dayo-led executive, despite two separate judgments of the Federal High Court affirming its legality.
Trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, who granted the leave after an ex-parte application to that effect was argued before him, ordered that the notice of committal and accompanying processes be served on the alleged contemnors outside Lagos and in Abuja and Ogun State respectively.
The ex-parte application was argued by lawyer to the applicants, R.A Oluyede, while the applicants are Adebayo Dayo and Semiu Sodipo, who sued for themselves and on behalf of Ogun State PDP executive.
Justice Abang, after entertaining arguments, also granted an application seeking the processes to be served on the alleged contemnors by pasting same in a conspicuous part of Ogun State PDP secretariat, while Daniel should be served through Crystal Laurel, his office located in Maryland, Lagos.
While giving reasons for the orders, Justice Abang said due to the political activities in the country, it would be in the interest of justice for the alleged contemnors to be served through substituted means.
Besides, the judge ordered that status quo ante bellum (position as at the date of the ruling) be maintained by the parties to the suit.