By Ishola Balogun
JUSTICE Okon Abang,sitting at the Federal High Court, Lagos, has ordered Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to confirm its Acting National Secretary, Solomon Onwe, as the party’s Secretary, pending the conduct of fresh zonal congress of the party where a substantive candidate will be nominated.
The court’s ruling has dashed the hopes of some loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, returning to office. They include the sacked National Secretary of party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; erstwhile National Auditor, Hon. Bode Mustapha and former National Vice-Chairman, Southwest, Engr. Segun Oni.
Justice Abang said the court’s decision was in compliance with its earlier judgement of May 2, 2012, which held that the sacked officials were not properly elected into their offices.
He ordered that Bode Mustapha be removed from office as the party’s National Auditor and replaced with Fatai Adewole Adeyanju, in compliance with the May 2 judgement.
According to the court, Adeyanju was the validly nominated candidate for the post.
Justice Abang’s orders are contained in a post judgement ruling delivered in the contempt proceedings initiated against the party’s Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and three other PDP leaders by the Adebayo Dayo-led leadership of the party in Ogun State.
Others include Onwe, Olisa Metuh (Publicity Secretary) and Victor Kwon (Legal Adviser).
Justice Abang ordered the PDP to rectify its records by deleting Mustapha’s name and replacing it with that of Adeyanju, as the party’s National Auditor.
The judge also ordered Tukur, Onwe, Metuh and Kwon to constitute a caretaker committee for the party in the Southwest.
The committee is to be peopled by elected delegates from all the states in the zone.