PDP Crisis: Court Sacks Pro-Fayose Exco In Ekiti

The Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti has sacked the Ekiti state working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by Gboyega Oguntuase, and declared the faction led by Williams Ajayi as the authentic one.
Mr. Oguntuase’s faction is loyal to the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, while Mr. Ajayi’s group is loyal to Buruji Kashamu, the PDP senator representing Ogun East.
The court asked members of the Oguntuase-led committee to vacate office because their election was not approved by the National Working Committee of the party.
Mr. Ajayi, had in a SUIT number FCH/AD/CS/21/2015 filed on May 16, 2016, urged the court to recognize his own faction and the congresses conducted in all the 177 wards, 16 local governments and the state on April 30 and May 4 and 5, 2016, respectively.
While praying the court to pronounce him the authentic Chairman of the party, he also sought an order declaring the Oguntuase faction an impostor and directing the Independent National Electoral Commission to grant him and his executive recognition.
Joined in the suit were INEC (1st respondent), PDP (2nd respondent), Ali Modu Sheriff (3rd respondent), Wale Oladipo (4th respondent) and Gboyega Oguntuase (5th respondent).
Presiding judge, Taiwo Taiwo, said the motion on notice pending at the appeal court over attempt by the 2nd, 3rd and 5th respondents to change their lawyer and appoint Mike Ozekhome (SAN) as the lead counsel was not enough to delay the judgement.
The lawyer to the aforementioned respondents, Bimpe Olatemiju, had called the attention of the court to a letter dated January 19, and deposited with the Registrar of the court to the effect that the court should set aside the proceeding of December 8, 2016, when the written addresses were adopted and to stay action on the court’s proceeding pending the determination of the motion on notice at the appellate court filed against the October 12, 2016 ruling of the court.

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