Osun State high court stops PDP National Secretary election in Osogbo

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OSOGBO — An Osun State high court, sitting in Osogbo, yesterday, stopped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from conducting an election to fill vacant position of National Secretary of the party during the planned mini national convention of the party.

The order was consequent upon a suit filed by the ousted National Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Justice Oyejide Falola, in an exparte motion filed by Prince Oyinlola, granted the three prayers in the motion after listening to the argument of counsel to the applicant, Realwan Okpanachi.

Prince Oyinlola had dragged Osun State PDP chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa and PDP national leadership before the court, concerning the plan of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to hold a mini national convention during which some of the vacant positions in the NWC, including that of national secretary, which was last held by Oyinlola in substantive capacity, will be filled.

Also joined in the suit is the chairman of the PDP Mini National Convention Committee, Professor Jerry Gana.

While addressing the court, counsel to the plaintiff, Realwan Okpanachi, said his client, whose election as PDP national secretary was nullified by the declaratory judgment of Justice Abdul Kafarati of an Abuja High Court on January 13, this year, has a pending appeal before Court of Appeal, Abuja, due for hearing in September.

He prayed the court to favourably consider and grant the motion before it, owing to the urgent nature of the issue involved.

In his ruling, Justice Falola ruled that the second and third respondents, Professor Gana and PDP national leadership be served copies of the motion outside the jurisdiction of the court.

He added that, upon the receipt of the motion, the respondents should maintain status quo till 26 July, the day the action was instituted before the court.

He also ordered that, should the PDP hold its mini convention, election must not be conducted to fill vacant position of national secretary in the NWC of the party pending the determination of the motion on notice.

He then adjourned the matter till Monday, August 19.

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