By Demola Atobaba
The Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti on Friday, July 17, dismissed the suit filed by the caucus loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi over the newly inaugurated Ward Executive Committee members of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, in Ekiti State, Ekiti Standard reports.
The Party brought on board Ward Executive Committee members in the state, April 30 2020.
Ekiti Standard gathered that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had in a letter with ref no: PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B dated April 25, 2020 and signed by Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), National Organizing Secretary, ordered the state chairman of the party to inaugurate the 155 ward EXCO for the fourteen out of the sixteen local government areas of the State, while the remaining two local government areas having 22 wards are yet to conduct their Congresses.
“You are therefore by this correspondence, directed to take necessary and appropriate steps to inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017” the letter stated.
“In doing this, you’re please advised to also take into proper account the provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Guidelines of Covid-19 as it concerns Social Distancing and the gathering of people in one place.
“This shall be the new Exco Members at the expiration of the current Executives, i.e. April 30, 2020 for Ward, and shall hold office for a period of four (4) years pursuant to Section 47(1) of our Party’s Constitution as amended; (i.e. April 30, 2020 – April 30, 2024 for ward Executives).
“Accordingly, I hereby forward to you the authentic list of the Ward Executives for 155 out of the 177 wards of your State as contained in the attached lists of Names of Approved Ward Exco Members,” the statement added.
But the caucus loyal to Senator Biodun Olujimi on Friday suffered a major setback in its bid to grab the control of the party in the state, as the Federal High Court, in Ado-Ekiti has dismissed the inauguration of the Ward Executive Committee members of the party elected at the March 7, 2020 Ward Congresses in the state.
In the Suit Number FHC/AD/CS/14/2020, Justice U.N. Agomoh, while dismissing application filed by one Oladimeji Samson Olalekan and others, against the March 7, 2020 Ward Congresses of the PDP in Ekiti State, said “the suit lacks merit.”
Olujimi, had through Oladimeji Samson Olalekan and others, filed a motion ex-parte, seeking an order of the court, restraining the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) from announcing, publishing, and recognizing any list as result of election of Ward Executives and three ad-hoc delegates held on March 7, 2020, as well as an order restraining the party from acting on, or making use of the names of winners of the Congresses for the purpose of the local government, state and zonal Congresses.
The plaintiff also sought an order restraining the PDP NWC from going ahead with the local government, state and zonal congresses without first resolving the issue of the Ekiti State Ward Congresses.
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