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Why dissolution of Ogun, Osun, Southwest PDP excos can’t stand, by Kashamu


Buruji Kashamu

The senator representing Ogun West, Buruji Kashamu, has explained why the dissolution of the executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State and Southwest cannot stand.

The National Convention of the party at the weekend dissolved the executive councils.

Kashamu, in a statement on Monday, said the party’s national leadership violated a court order with its decision.

He added that the judgment recognising the executive councils in Ogun and Southwest was never appealed and as such is still subsisting.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on August 11 ruled: “That an order is hereby made restraining the 2nd defendant from operating in the South West zone of the party through any committee in which the applicant, Chief Pegba Otemolu and Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe are not members in the capacity of the Secretary and Chairman respectively of the South West Zonal Executive of the PDP pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

“That an order of interim injunction is made restraining the 2nd defendant by itself, its officers, organs and delegates from recognizing any harmonization, restructuring or disruption of the PDP leadership structures in the South West zone (including any purported list of delegates for the special non-elective National Convention of the PDP schedule for the 12th of August, 2017 or any other date during the tenure of office of the South West Zonal Executive Committee of which the Applicant is secretary pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

Kashamu said this order was discountenanced by the National Caretaker Committee, and National Convention.

He said: “It should be abundantly clear to all that Eddy Olafeso never had any case before the Supreme Court that he could benefit from.

“While it could be argued that the congress in Lagos State was inconclusive, the dissolution of the state executives in Osun and Ogun states was a clear travesty of justice. The congresses of these states were affirmed by the NEC before the May 21, 2016 botched convention in Port Harcourt.

“At its 74th NEC meeting held on the 17th of July, 2017, the NEC resolved to reinstate all the State Excos that were elected at the April 2016 congresses but later reversed after the February, 17, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal. Ogun and Osun states were not listed as part of those states.

“So, what has changed? Why were the state executives in Ondo and Ekiti states left untouched? Are these executives not also dogged with issues? In Osun State, Omisore wants to perpetually hold on to the party structure, at the detriment of the over 90 per cent of the stakeholders, in order to push through his governorship ambition even when he has failed twice. In Ogun State, OGD and Ladi Adebutu are fomenting trouble in the party, all because of their senatorial and governorship ambitions in 2019.”

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