By HENRY UMORU
THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, disclosed, yesterday, that it has concluded arrangements to appeal the sack of the party’s National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, from his Wadata Plaza office.
The PDP, however, described the Friday ruling of an Abuja Federal High Court which ousted Oyinlola as shocking.
While delivering judgment in a suit by the Ogun State Executive Committee, SEC, of the PDP, Justice Abdul Kafarati, had, on Friday, voided the nomination of Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, as the candidate of the South West Zonal Chapter of the PDP and his consequent election to the office of National Secretary at the March 24, 2012 national convention.
The PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr Victor Kwon, who described Kafarati’s judgment as a surprise to the party, said, yesterday, that the party will appeal tomorrow as well as file a stay of execution.
Kwon told Sunday Vanguard, “Today (yesterday) is Saturday and so the appeal will be filed on Monday. We will also file an application for stay of execution same day.
”We are surprised at the decision in the light of the evidence presented to the court that the National Secretary position was zoned to members of the party from the South West geopolitical zone of the country and NOT to the South West Zonal chapter/congress and that the 21st March 2012 South West Zonal congress did not nominate Oyinlola for the position,and also that he stood the election at the National Convention alongside other members of the party from the zone without any mention of the South West Zonal congress in issue.”