By Gbenga Olarinoye
MEMBERS of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, have returned to court, seeking for the nullification of the last congress conducted by a faction of the party in the state and the election of Senator Iyiola Omisore as the party’s governorship candidate.
The faction led by Chief Ademola Ishola, which announced Barrister Kehinde Atanda as the party’s governorship candidate, insisted that the congress that produced Omisore was illegal going by the court order flouted by the senator and his group.
Barrister Olayinka Sokoya, counsel to the SDP in a suit filed by two of its state officers, Alhaji Rasheed Mayowa and Chief Azeez Alakinde-Ismaila, had tendered two separate rulings against Omisore’s faction and asked the court to restore the orders which would lead to the sacking of the Dr. Bayo Faforiji –led executives.
He explained that it was an urgent electoral matter that should be quickly disposed off to pave the way for smooth running of the party’s affairs in the state.
Responding, the Presiding Judge, Justice David Oladimeji, noted that “if an order is made against anyone, there are consequences if the said order is flouted”.
He asked the applicant’s counsel to write a formal request to the Chief Judge for proper transfer of the case to him as a vacation judge, disclosing that the matter was originally referred to Court 3 of the State High Court of Justice.
“I cannot deal with this matter now until there is a fiat. This is a matter that needs to be treated urgently and I am ready to attend to it. Write to the Chief Judge for reassignment of the matter. I am still in this court in the next eight weeks. But I need a fiat to ensure I am not engaging in a futile exercise.“
He thereafter adjourned sine die until the matter is reassigned to his court as a vacation judge.