A’court con­firms Olafeso-led S/west PDP EXCO

The Punch - - NEWS - Ka­marudeen Ogun­dele, Ado-ek­iti

ACourt of Ap­peal sit­ting in Ado Ek­iti has set aside a judg­ment of the Fed­eral High Court, Ado Ek­iti, recog­nis­ing the Chief Makan­juola Ogundipe-led South-west zonal ex­ec­u­tive of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party.

Jus­tice Rita Pemu-led three -mem­ber panel ar­rived at the de­ci­sion in an ap­peal filed by the PDP, its Na­tional Chair­man and the Na­tional Sec­re­tary re­spec­tively.

The first to the sixth re­spon­dents are Ogundipe, Chief Ade­pegba Ote­molu, Lanre Ori­moloye, Supo Adeniyi, Otunba Fem­i­nine Carenna and the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

Other re­spon­dents in­cluded Olafeso, Rev. Bum­ming Jenyo, Ade­bola Ogun­rinde, Femi Adetola, Ojo Wil­liams, Fasin Bakonne, Philip Au­choji and Bil­iamin Ogun­dele.

The coun­sel for the PDP in the mat­ter, Mr. Sun­day Olowolafe, who held brief for Dr. Yomi Oke, said the ap­peal was al­lowed be­cause all the is­sues raised in the ap­peal were valid.

Ac­cord­ing to him, set­ting aside the high court rul­ing has con­firmed Eddy Olafeso-led ex­ec­u­tive of the PDP as the au­then­tic ex­ec­u­tive of the party in the South West.

He crit­i­cised the high court, which he said, “ex­panded the life of an ex-parte mo­tion, which should have been a max­i­mum of 14 days, to God knows when.”

Also speak­ing on the rul­ing, coun­sel to first to fifth re­spon­dents, Ay­o­deji Makan­juola Esan, said, “It is an ap­peal, they‘ve given their judge­ment. That is why there are grades of courts.

“We will study the judge­ment and I will con­sult with my clients. Then we will de­cide on the next line of ac­tion.”

Also re­act­ing to the judge­ment, Ojo-wil­liams, who is the South-west Le­gal Ad­viser of the PDP, said it was a good thing that the mat­ter had come to a head and com­mended the judges.

“It is a good thing to come out suc­cess­ful, but we must also ap­peal to those our mem­bers who are still out there to come back to the fam­ily,” he said.

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