PDP crisis: Appeal Court threatens anti-Fayose exco with arrest

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By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti— The anti-Fayose faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Williams Ajayi was yesterday threatened with warrant of arrest by the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti over a letter allegedly written against members of the three-member appeal panel, accusing them of corruption and bias.

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Ajayi’s faction, had in a letter dated January 19, 2017 and signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Owolabi, accused the justices of the appeal court of allegedly conspiring with Gboyega Oguntuase’s led faction to truncate the January 24 judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti.

The justices were: Ahmad Olanrewaju Belgore, Fatima Omoro Akinbami and Ayobode Olujimi Loluko-Sodipe.

The counsel to Oguntuase’s faction had come up with a motion on notice stopping the delivery of the judgment at the Federal High court, while the judge was about to deliver his judgment on who was the authentic chairman of the party between Oguntuse (respondent), an ally of Governor Ayodele Fayose and Ajayi (applicant), Senator Buruji Kashamu’s protégé, an application which was instantly rejected by the judge.

The counsel to Oguntuase had predicated his action on a motion on notice pending before the appeal court, praying for  December 13, 2016 proceeding of the court to be expunged.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo went ahead to deliver the judgement in favour of the applicant based on the argument canvassed by lawyer to Ajayi’s faction, Mr Niran Owoseeni.

At yesterday’s proceeding, which was centred on the hearing on the stay of execution of the judgement of the Federal High Court filed by the counsel to the appellant (Oguntuase), Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the justices confronted Owoseeni with a copy of the letter purportedly written by his client and submitted to the Registrar of the Appeal Court.

The justices also displayed a copy of the publication in one of the Nigerian newspapers which carried the contents of the letter and instructed Owoseeni to read to the audience .

The Justices said: “Are you saying you were not aware of the contents of this letter? We have our own names to protect. We could not have been party to any attempt to arrest the judgement of the High court.

“We didn’t sit on January 19 because one of us was indisposed and we didn’t form quorum to sit. Judiciary must not be destroyed ,because if such happens the next stage is anarchy.”

Source: Vanguard
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