PDP Secretary, Oyinlola Fights Back Court Ruling Pronouncing Him Sacked

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LONDON: January,13,2013
Embattled National Secretary of People’s Democratic Party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola,  who was sacked by an High Court ruling  last week  has vowed to fight on for the retention of his post as the ruling party’s national Secretary.

The former Brigadier-General and e-Governor of  State of Osun was relinquished of the post during a national Conference election but contestants claimed his nomination and eventual elections was flawed.

Counsel to Mr. Oyinlola,  Toyose Oyekunle, in his reaction to the judgement delivered at an Abuja High Court said a notice of appeal and stay of execution had already been filed to fight the court ruling. By the counsel action, the PDP activist retains his position pending hearing and decisions in the appeals .

The ruling Party’s National Secretary, Mr. Olagunsoye Oyinlola and national auditor of the party, Mr Bode Mustapha were handed a sacked by a High Court sitting in  Abuja. Mr Oyinlola and Mustapha emerged Peoples’ Democratic Party executives last year during a national conference.

According to the Court ruling  the party’s executive members, both candidates who had  emerged during the national conference of the party did not follow a due process of the laws guiding posts into the party’s executives.

The Court held that their emergence as executive members of the party at last year’s national convention of the party was flawed.

While ruling on a suit filed by the Chairman of Ogun State PDP, Adebayo Dayo, the Judge, Abdul Kafarati, said that the election of Mr. Oyinlola did not follow due process and therefore his nomination should be  nullified.

The judge said that Mr. Oyinlola could not have emerged as the nominee of the PDP in view of the fact that two courts of competent jurisdiction nullified the congress in which he was selected.

He said that the action of both the PDP and Mr. Oyinlola amounted to a criminal conduct which is liable to imprisonment.

Mr. Kafarati held that Mr. Oyinlola cannot be recognized as the National Secretary of the PDP and should therefore vacate office immediately.

Mr. Oyinlola came to the race 24 hours to the special national convention of the party last year April while screening of aspirants was going on and after list of approved candidates to contest the position of national secretary had been pasted.

The embattled party scribe was sponsored and pushed to become the National Secretary of the party by the state governors of the party as a way of compensating him as a former colleague in Osun state before the court sacked him.

President Goodluck Jonathan through the prompting of the party’s governors prevailed with other contestants in the race to step down for Mr. Oyinlola who did not pick nomination form.

Notable contestants for the position of National secretary at the convention forced to step down for Mr. Oyinlola included former ministers of education and transport, Mr. Tunde Adeniran and Ebenezer Babatope, former minister of sports Mr. Waheed Adedoja and former national legal adviser of the party, Mr. Olusola Oke.

The former Osun State governor was part of the 10-member of the party’s National Working Committee that attended the emergency meeting of the committee last Tuesday without the national chairman, Mr. Bamanga Tukur to rescind the decision to sack Adamawa party state executive, which has pitched members of the NWC with the governors.

Chairman of the party in Ogun state had filed a suit to challenge the election of Mr. Oyinlola and to ask the court to declare that his election did not follow due process.

Justice Abdul Kafarati of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja in his ruling ordered the removal of Oyinlola as the Secretary of the Party saying his election did not follow due process.

Mr. Mustapha from Ogun State was also sacked by the same court as the party’s auditor for not following due process.