The factional battle for the soul of the South-West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come to a temporary halt until after the national convention of the party this weekend. The legal batte will now continue January 15, 2018.
This is because the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti has applied the brakes on the legal manoeuvres of the Buruji Kashamu faction with an interim order staying execution of all orders granted at the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, restraining the Dr Eddy Olafeso-led Southwest Zonal Executive from functioning.
Also stopped in their tracks are all proceedings at the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti pending the determination of the appeal. The proceedings are at the instance of Kashamu’s faction
An attempt bby the factional head of the South-West PDP, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe to stop Olafeso’s motion through a letter drew the ire of Judge, Justice Ahmad Belgore.
“We refuse to be intimidated by the first respondent (Ogundipe).”
He declared: “All the Orders and rulings of the lower court delivered on October 17, October 23 November 8 and November 27, 2017 have been stayed in the interim, meaning that those orders and rulings are of no value as from now.”
An elated Olafeso told journalists later: I thank all members of our great party, the PDP for this victory over the forces of darkness. Specifically, I thank our leader and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose for his commitment to saving our party from this cankerworm. I cannot thank him enough.
“Today’s proceeding at the Court of Appeal, Ado Ekiti should be a
clear message to those who have used crooked judicial process to hold
our party down that their game has come to an inglorious end.”