Appeal Court declares PDP executive loyal to Fayose authentic
• Says decision is in interest of peace
• Arise, Opeyemi, Bamisile, others join Ekiti guber race
The Court of Appeal sitting in Ado-Ekiti has set aside the judgment of the trial high court, which sacked the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) executives led by Gboyega Oguntuase who is loyal to Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The appellate court granted all the four grounds of appeal sought by the appellant, especially the one, which dwelled on the domestic affairs of political parties.
It held that the trial court has no right to interfere in the internal crisis of a political party except the party breaks its rule.
Justice Fatima Adebami, in her judgment, held that the jurisdiction of the court being challenged by the defendants at the trial court, which was not entertained before delivering judgment, made the entire process of adjudication a nullity.
She held that the principle of fair-hearing demands that all applications are disposed of before the judgment.
A Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, which was presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, had last year sacked the PDP executive loyal to Fayose and gave a legal recognition to the executive led by Williams Sunday Ajayi. Ajayi’s faction is backed by Senator Buruji Kashamu.
In another development, the Ekiti State Government has withdrawn an alleged murder case filed against the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, at an Ado-Ekiti High Court.
Other suspects include Faboro Ojo, Aniramu Basiru, Falase Busuyi and Owonifari Wasiu.
The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kolapo Kolade, at the High Court 7, Ado-Ekiti, before Justice Bamidele Omotosho, filed an application for the withdrawal of the case yesterday.
He said the state was withdrawing the case to promote peace and brotherliness among the people of Erinjiyan-Ekiti, which is the community where both the complainant and the defendants in the matter hail from.
He also said Governor Ayodele Fayose consented to the withdrawal of the case in spite of political differences between him and the suspects because of his belief in posterity, peace and welfare of the people of the community, which was said to have been divided over the court case.
Justice Omotosho, while granting the request for the withdrawal application, said the court supported the development because it was to promote peace.
Meanwhile, no fewer than nine chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have so far indicated interest to vie for the governorship seat in Ekiti State.
Some of the aspirants, comprising Ayo Arise, Victor Olumuyiwa Kolade, Michael Bamidele Opeyemi, Babafemi Bamisile, who spoke separately with reporters at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, promised to use their wealth of experience to reposition the state if given the mandate at the poll.