A Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday sacked a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party’s State Working Committee loyal to Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state.
Delivering his judgement, the presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruled that the Mr. Williams Ajayi remains the authentic chairman of the party in the state and consequently dissolved the faction led by Chief Gboyega Oguntuase.
Ajayi had in a suit number FCH/AD/CS/21/2015 filed on May 16, 2016, prayed the court to recognise his own faction of the PDP in the congresses conducted in all the 177 wards , 16 local governments and the state on April 30 and May 4 and 5, 2016 , respectively.
The plaintiff further prayed the court to pronounce him the authentic Chairman of the party as well as order the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC ) to grant him and his executive committee recognition.
Joined in the suit were: INEC(1st respondent) , PDP(2nd respondent),Ali Modu Sheriff(3rd respondent),Prof Wale Oladipo(4th) and Gboyega Oguntuase (5th respondent).
Justice Taiwo also said the motion on notice pending at the appeal court over attempt by the 2,3,4 and 5th respondents to change their lawyer and appointed Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) , as the lead counsel was not enough to delay the delivery of the judgement.
The counsel to the respondents, Mr. Bimpe Olatemiju had drawn the attention of the court to a letter dated Jan. 19 and deposited with the registrar of the court to the effect that the court should set aside the proceeding of Dec. 8, 2016, when the written addresses were adopted and the need to stay action on the court’s proceeding pending the determination of the motion on notice at the appellate court filed against the Oct. 12, 2016 ruling of the court.
The court had ruled against the respondents’ their request to appoint Ozekhome as their lead counsel.
Justice Taiwo said: “A political party must operate within certain guidelines and when there is a crisis of this nature in a party, we use the party’s constitution and the 1999 constitution to remedy the constitution.
“It is not in dispute that 2,3,4,5 respondents were jointly represented, and not in dispute that 2 and 3 are members of the PDP .
“It is not also in dispute that 3rd and 4th respondents were still acting as the Chairman and National Secretary.
“So, going by the PDP’s guidelines, the power to conduct congresses at the wards, local governments and state levels can only be directed by NWC and since these people were still in charge at that time, any other directive or parallel congress by any other body is null and void,” Taiwo said
Reacting to the judgment, Oguntuase said he would appeal against it
“We will appeal the judgment. I plead with all the PDP members in the state to remain calm. In that judgement I saw humour and I didn’t see honour and candour
“How will you call yourself a Chairman when the governor is not behind you, when all the National Assembly members and state assembly lawmakers are not behind you? So, this is not the last court”, he said.
Kwankwaso denies rift with Shekarau
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said there is no rift between him and the former Governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau.
Kwankwaso who said this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service said the reports going on that there is a problem with Ibrahim Shekarau are not true and are rumours by mischief makers for the reasons known to them.
Kwankwaso said this while responding to some reports that Senator Shekarau is planning to return to the PDP because the party failed to fulfil the promises made to them before he joined the NNPP.
“There was no agreement between us and Shekarau apart from giving some political positions to his people which we tried to fulfil but there is nothing we can do because it was brought late”.
According to him, most of those brought by Shekarau to get a seat in the NNPP joined the party at a time when INEC would not accept their candidacy because the primary election was over.
He, however, assured that when the Government is formed, they will get key positions.
Senator Kwankwaso added that this will not cause any problem for the NNPP party saying that there is no problem between him and Shekarau.
Details of Tinubu’s meeting with Obasanjo emerge
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday visited the Penthouse residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.
Tinubu visited Obasanjo in company of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbaajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande and Nuhu Ribadu.
At about 1pm when Tinubu’s chopper landed within the OOPL, he was received by Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, former Governors Segun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo and other top government functionaries.
At about 1:20pm, Tinubu and his entourage went into Obasanjo’s residence to meet their host.
An inside source said the former Lagos State Governor, Abiodun, Gbajabiamila, Osoba, Akande, Ribadu and others first held a meeting with the Balogun Owu behind closed doors.
After about an hour, the former President pulled Tinubu and they both went into a private room for another meeting.
It was gathered that the duo had a private discussion not known to any of those who went in with the APC national leader.
Tinubu later had lunch at Obasanjo’s place before he departed after about two hours.
When he was accosted by pressmen downstairs, the presidential candidate refused to grant an interview as he ‘hopped’ into the waiting bus that conveyed him to the MKO Abiola Stadium.
Tens of APC stalwarts had stormed the former President’s residence, singing, drumming and dancing.
Addressing artisans and APC faithful at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Tinubu said he was not in Ogun State for campaign.
He said: “We love what the governor is doing and we are glad with all the support you have given him. Campaign has not started yet, I’m just here to greet you. Thank you and God bless you. God bless Ogun state, God bless Nigeria, God bless your children. Thank you.”
2023: I will tell you who to vote for as my successor – Wike tells Rivers people
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said he will inform Rivers people who to vote as the next governor of the state in he 2023 general elections.
Wike said as a governor, he knows all the candidates for the elections so well.
He said he loves Rivers State a lot and as such will not allow the people make a mistake in electing their leaders in 2023.
Wike was speaking at the commissioning of the remodelled Waterlines Building in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
He said “we will tell you those you will vote for, I know and I will tell you who is who.
“Most of you don’t know, there are those who want to come here to just want to be governor with no agenda.
“Rivers State has done a lot of things for us, we owe Rivers state a lot. Personally, I owe this state a lot for giving me the opportunity and I will not allow this state to go astray and run into the hands of armed robbers. I will not allow it”.
The governor also took a swipe at some members of the People’s Democratic Party who he warned that elections are not won in the hotels in Abuja but at the grassroots.
2023: I will tell you who to vote for – Wike tells Rivers people
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