The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its national chairman, Ali Modu Sherrif, from conducting any election into the party’s Southwest Zonal Executive Committee.
Justice Ibrahim Buba also barred PDP from recognising any such election until the originating summons is determined.
The zonal congress was scheduled to hold on May 14 in Akure, Ondo State and Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.
The judge made the order following an application by the incumbent Zonal Secretary, Chief ‘Pegba Otemolu.
He is suing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, Sheriff and PDP National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo.
The plaintiff is praying the court to hold that it was wrong for the party and its national officers to contemplate organising a zonal congress for the Southwest when the tenure of the Zonal Executive Committee members had not lapsed.
He contended that since members of the zonal EXCO were elected on October 11, 2014 to serve a four year tenure, their term would end on October 11, 2018.
Granting the plaintiff’s prayer, Justice Buba held “that an order of interlocutory injunction is granted to the Plaintiff/Applicant restraining the second, third and fourth defendants from conducting or permitting or recognizing any election into the offices of the South West Zonal Executive Committee pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Summons.”
The implication is that the Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe-led zonal EXCO will continue in office until the suit is determined.
Justice Buba adjourned till May 24 for hearing.
The South West zone of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of confidence on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying he remains a strong leader and mentor of the party in the country.
The PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman in the zone, Chief Ishola Filani, spoke at the party’s rally in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State just as the party’s zonal secretary, Chief Pegba Otemolu, denied the alleged
exclusion of the ex-president in the affairs of the party.
Filani said the South West PDP leadership and state chapters in the zone have confidence in Obasanjo, who, according to him, has made people of Yoruba land proud with his various achievements both as former military and civilian leader in the country.
He said, “Obasanjo is the only person who was head of state under the military, who was twice president as civilian president and who has continued all over the world to look for peace and ensure that governments internationally are in order.
“I, on behalf of the six states in the South West PDP, tell the whole world that the PDP in the South West pass vote of confidence on him.
We have implicit confidence in Baba Obasanjo as our father and leader.”
The event also featured the defection of about 5,000 members of opposition parties into the PDP.
The event was attended by the Osun PDP Chairman, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa; his Oyo State counterpart, Yinka Taiwo, Ogun PDP Chairman, Adebayo Dayo, Prince Buruji Kashamu, Hon. Kayode Amusan, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, Otunba Leke Adekoya, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, Alhaji Agboola Alausa, among other leaders.
The leadership crisis rocking the Ogun state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has taken a new twist as the state working committee of the party’s different factions, have suspended members of the party.
A statement by the secretary of the Bayo Dayo led faction of the party, Mr. Semiu Sodipo, announced the suspension of the PDP’s governorship candidate in the last governorship election in the state, General Adetunji Olurin (Rtd) and the national auditor of the party, Chief Bode Mustapha.
Others affected are the chairman of the Obasanjo faction, Senator Dipo Odujirin, Mr. Dapo Adeyemi and Mr. Yahaya Ahmed.
The statement said the suspension became imperative because the alleged anti-party activities of the members have continued to impede on the on-going reconciliatory process of the party.
In another development, the Obasanjo faction of the party has also suspended a leader of the party in the state, Chief Buruji Kashamu, former secretary of the party in the state, Chief Pegba Otemolu, Alhaji Semiu Shodipo and Mr Segun Sowunmi.
In a press statement by the publicity secretary of the faction, Mr. Bidemi Osunbiyi, the suspension is to last for 30 days during which the affected persons are expected to face the disciplinary committee to answer charges against them.