By Chinenye Udeagbala
LAGOS — A Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday, ordered warring factions of Ogun State Chapter of Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to maintain status quo in case by a factional Chairman of the party, Chief Dayo Soremi and two others.
Trial judge, Justice Charles Archibong, handed down the order at the resumed hearing of the case, following plea by counsel to one of the parties, for more time to reply to the application in which Soremi and other members of his executive, asking the court to restrain the party from recognising any other member in Ogun State other than them as the state executive of the party.
Also joined as defendants in the suit are Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo, Uche Secondus and Olusola Oke.
When the matter came up, one Gani Bello announced appearance for another factional chairman of the party, Senator Babatunde Osholake, saying there was need for the court to join his client in the case as he is an interested party.
Bello said: “We are seeking to be joined in this proceedings because the applicants included the name of my client in the exhibits before the court. They made some allegations against Senator Osholake, who is the authentic chairman of the PDP in the state.
Counsel to Soremi objected that Bello could not be heard, as he was not proper before the court and needed to file an application to enable him respond to it.
The judge order Bello to file an application to join the suit as an interested party and adjourned the case till November 21 to hear pending applications