- The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal seeking to suspend a Federal High Court decision which recognised the Buruji Kashamu-led faction of the PDP
- The faction is currently recognised by the INEC
- Secondus had approached the Appeal Court to request a nullification of the primaries where the said delegates elected Kashamu as the party’s flag bearer for the PDP in Ogun state
The request to make an order of stay of execution of the judgment of the Federal High Court in Lagos which recognised the Adebayo Dayo-led executive committee as the authentic leadership of the Ogun state chapter of the PDP was refused by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, December 5.
Legit.ng gathered that the Dayo-led faction is backed by Senator Buruji Kashamu who is the Ogun state governorship candidate of the party currently recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour struck out the application seeking both an order for stay of execution of the Federal High Court’s judgment and another for accelerated hearing of the appeal after it was voluntarily withdrawn by the applicant, the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the PDP.
The panel also awarded a fine of N100,000 against all parties in the matter and asked the Kashamu-led faction to bring copies of their arguments within seven days from Wednesday, December 5.
The application filed by the PDP was seeking an order staying execution of the High Court’s judgment and for accelerated hearing of the appeal by the apex court.
The lawyer representing PDP, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), withdrew the application because the respondents (Dayo and others) had yet to file their brief responding to the main appeal.
Dr Alex Izinyon (SAN), the respondents’ lawyer at the proceedings, insisted that his clients had eight weeks to respond to the appeal; arguing that the application for stay of execution and accelerated hearing was therefore incompetent.
The court agreed with Izinyon but asked the appellant to file an application for abridgement of time for the respondent to file their brief in response to the appellant’s brief.
Legit.ng previously reported that Dr Reuben Abati, former spokesman to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, had been named as the running mate to the PDP’s governorship candidate in Ogun state, Leke Shittu, by the chapter of the party led by Buruji Kashamu.
The development followed the INEC’s acceptance of the candidates’ list of the PDP faction backed by Kashamu, Punch reports.
The faction also named a former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, as the senatorial candidate for the Ogun East senatorial district.
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