The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the court judgment that nullified the expulsion of the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu; the State Chairman, Engr. Adebayo Dayo and others.
An Abuja High Court sitting at Apo, on Wednesday, voided the expulsion of Senator Kashamu from the PDP. The court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Valentine Ashi, equally set aside the expulsion of State Chairman of the party, Engr. Dayo.
In a statement issued on Thursday by Dayo, the party said, “The events of the past few days, especially yesterday’s (Wednesday) ruling of the FCT High Court, have shown that the Almighty God is truly the one who superintends over the affairs of men. Our hope is further reinforced that the judiciary has once again lived up to its billing as the hope of the common man.
“We thank God for showing that He is the most powerful. He traps the wise in their own cleverness so their cunning schemes are thwarted. That is why He showed His hands at the National Convention in Port Harcourt and now in our illegal expulsion. These developments have reinforced my belief that indeed the victory of evil over good is temporary.
“Now that the false blockade that the masters of impunity mounted has been demolished, it is time for all genuine stakeholders within the Ogun State PDP family to come together and work for the good of the party and the teeming masses of our people who are yearning for the PDP to return to power.”
Delivering his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Ashi held that the purported expulsion was unlawful, saying it was done in flagrant disobedience of a subsisting order the court made on December 7, 2017, and further restated on January 9, 2018.
The order had directed parties in a suit pending before it, which included the PDP, not to do anything to jeopardise the subject matter of the litigation. While re-affirming the order on January 9, 2018, the court specifically warned the PDP not to carry out any disciplinary action against the Defendants without recourse to the pending proceeding before it.
In his ruling that nullified the later expulsion of the Plaintiffs, Justice Ashi, equally set aside PDP’s letter dated August 1, conveying the expulsion to Kashamu and Dayo.
The judge ordered the National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, to within 48 hours of his receipt of the court order, show cause why the court’s disciplinary measure should not be deployed against him for aiding his party to violate a valid court order.
In the alternative, why he (Secondus) should not be referred to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice for prosecution, before the Magistrates’ Court of the FCT, for obstructing the course of justice.
The ruling followed an application marked: M/8696/2018, which Kashamu, Dayo and others filed through their lawyer, Mr. Charles Ndukwe.