By Innocent Anaba
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Friday, affirmed the Adebayo Dayo led executive of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun State as the authentic executive in the state
Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, dismissed the objection of defendants on the grounds that the plaintiffs are beneficiaries of the judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba of the same court in suit no FHC/L/CS/636/2016 which affirmed that the tenure of the Adebayo Dayo led exco of PDP in Ogun State subsit until May 2020.
The court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the PDP, which were sued as first and second defendants in the suit to obey the judgement of Justice Ibrahim Buba delivered on June 24, 2016.
Granting the plaintiff’s prayers, the court also nullified the congresses which were held in defiance of the Buba’s judgement and orders of the court. The congresses produced the Sikirulai Ogundele-led Ogun State PDP exco.
The court said, “The decision of a court of competent jurisdiction is binding on on all parties concerned until set aside by either Court of Appeal or the same court that made the order if found that it was made in error.
“I not not in agreement that the decision my learnt brother Justice Buba is in conflict with the decision of the learnt Justice of the Supreme Court
“All objections are overruled, parties are bound by the judgment of this court delivered by Buba J., and everybody should obey the judgment of court until set aside.”
The court also nullifies the appointment of Odanye and others as Ogun State PDP Caretaker Committee, saying that their appointment was contrary to a judgment delivered by the court on June 24, 2016, Which affirmed Adeboyo Dayo led exco
The suit was filed by a member of the PDP National Working Committee, Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, Ogun State Youth Leader Femi Alao, “national delegates” for Sagamu and Ijebu North Local Government Areas of th state, Udris Muniru and Chief Tuke Omotara, chairman of Ijebu East LGA, Badejo Abiodun and chairman of Sagamu LGA, Kola Akinyemi.
They sued for themselves and on behalf of “PDP Ogun State Delegates to the National Convention.”
The defendants include the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, PDP, the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi, Tunde Odanye and 25 others.
According to them, there were subsisting and binding judgment and orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos delivered by Justice Ibrahim Buba on June 24, 2016 and on August 10.
They had urged the court to restrain the PDP Caretaker Committee in Ogun State from usurping the plaintiffs’ functions as “authentic officers of the Ogun PDP Executive Committee” led by Chief Adebayo Dayo.
They urged the court to nullify the appointment of Odanye and others as Ogun State PDP Caretaker Committee, saying that their appointment was contrary to a judgment delivered by the court on June 24, 2016.
They argued that the judgment recognises the Adebayo Dayo-led executive committee as the authentic one.
The plaintiffs’ counsel, Ifoma Ezom thanked the court for the industry imported to deliver the judgement.