The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday struck out a suit filed by the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, to stop his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, from taking any disciplinary action against him.
Delivering judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba struck out the suit after upholding PDP’s preliminary objection challenging its competence and validity.
The court rejected Kashamu’s contention that his referral by the PDP to the Chief Tom Ikimi-led Disciplinary Committee of the party, among other disciplinary actions already and being planned to be taken against him, violated the orders made by the court on August 10 and September 10, 2017 in a pending suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2017.
Justice Dimgba held that the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2017 being an ongoing one, Kashamu’s suit founded on it was hasty and premature.
The Senator had on October 6 begged the court to nullify the disciplinary decisions taken by his party.
He said all disciplinary steps, including his being queried on September 7, 2017, about his alleged actions and his referral to the Disciplinary Committee of the party, were in violation of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division and also the order of Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Abuja Division of the court.
He said, the PDP as a party in “serial disobedience of court orders, in the management of its affairs in the South-West and disdain for the rule of law”, unless the court intervened in the matter, the party would unjustifiably expel him or block him from seeking nomination for future elections on its (PDP’s) platform.
He also stated in the suit that some national leaders of the PDP were moving against him just because he insisted on observance of internal democracy in the management of the affairs of the party, particularly in the South-West zone.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee were the first three respondents to the suit.
The fourth to the sixth respondents are the Chairman of the PDP Disciplinary Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi; Makarfi; and another member of the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party, Ben Obi.
Kashamu had filed the suit after he was queried by the party on September 7 over his activities in the South-West zone of the party.
However, the court said on Wednesday that his fears were premature, hasty and therefore cannot stand.