Court sacks pro-Fayose PDP executives in Ekiti

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State

The Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on has sacked a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) State Working Committee (SWC) loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose and the SenatorAhmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

In his ruling yesterday, the presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the Williams Ajayi–led faction allegedly being bankrolled by the member representing Ogun East in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu and loyal to the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff group, remained the authentic executive committee of the party in the state.

The court thereby dissolved the Barrister Gboyega Oguntuase-led group.Reacting, the sacked party leader described the judgment as “a humour capable of ridiculing the judiciary.”

While vowing to appeal the judgment, re reiterated: “It is a humour. I cannot see honour and candour in that judgment. I hereby appeal to all PDP members in the state to remain calm because the ruling cannot stand. We shall meet at the Appeal Court.”

Ajayi, on May 16, last year, instituted the legal action, praying the court to recognise his faction, authenticate the congresses it conducted in all the 177 wards and 16 local councils of the state on April 30 as well as May 4 and 5, 2016.

The plaintiff also urged the court to pronounce him the authentic chairman of the party, just as he also sought an order declaring the Oguntuase faction as an impostor as well a pronouncement directing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant him and his executive recognition.

Joined in the suit were the electoral umpire, PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Prof. Wale Oladipo and Gboyega Oguntuase as first to fifth respondents.

Justice Taiwo had noted that the pending motion on notice at the Appeal Court over a move by the second, third, fourth and fifth respondents to rejig their legal team and appoint Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) as lead counsel was not strong enough to delay the ruling.

The lawyer to the respondents, Mr. Bimpe Olatemiju, had drawn the attention of the court to a letter dated January 19, 2017 and deposited with the registry to that effect.

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