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‘Ogun PDP exco inauguration legal, valid’

The new Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Samson Bamgbose, has said the inauguration of the new state executive committee last Friday complied with the laws of the land and therefore valid.

Bamgbose, who said this on Sunday, was reacting to a statement credited to Prince Uche Secondus and Senator Umaru Tsauri, the National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, respectively.

The duo had dissociated the National Working Committee of the party from the newly inaugurated state executive committee.

But Bamgbose, in a statement, said the issue as to which organ of the party was empowered to conduct congresses for the elections of party leaders in Ogun State had been resolved in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016, which reposed the powers in the party’s state executive committee.

He said, “The courts in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/347/2012 and successive cases (particularly Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016) have sought to create a special case for the conduct of congresses and primaries in the Ogun State chapter of the PDP.

“Therefore, in its judgment in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016 of June 24, 2016, the Federal High Court (echoing its earlier judgment in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/347/2012) ordered (inter alia) in favour of the Adebayo Dayo-led PDP Ogun State Executive Committee (OGSEC) as follows:

“That an order is granted to the plaintiff (Adebayo Dayo-led PDP OGSEC) restraining the second defendant (PDP) by itself, its agents, servants, proxies and surrogates from henceforth conducting the affairs of the PDP in Ogun State, including meetings, congresses and/or primaries except through the new officers of the party that have emerged from congresses conducted by the plaintiffs as listed in the exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of this originating summons.

“That an order is granted to the plaintiff directing the first defendant (INEC) to deal exclusively with the new Ogun State officers of the PDP that emerged from the congresses conducted by the plaintiffs (as listed in exhibits attached to the affidavit in support of this originating summons) in the conduct of the second defendant’s (PDP’s) programmes in Ogun State, including congresses and primaries of the party until the four years tenure to which they have been elected is spent.”

Bamgbose said the validity of the judgment had been challenged at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court where it was dismissed.

The PDP chairman stressed that the organ empowered to conduct congresses for the PDP in Ogun State was the state executive committee.

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