Oyinlola Seeks Seven Court Orders To Cripple PDP
The crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got worse again today with the move by the sacked National Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to get a Federal High court in Abuja to grant him seven orders that will ultimately cripple the embattled party.
Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun state is the first major casualty in the power struggle between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan on the one hand, and on the other hand between Jonathan and the Governors Forum over the control of the party. Oyinlola is an ally of both Obasanjo and the GF. He was recently booted out of his strategic position in the party through a judicial coup.
In his bid to fight for survival or get even with the party, the sacked party scribe has asked the Federal High court presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati to give an order of stay on the execution of its January 11, 2013 judgement which booted him out of office so as not to make his appeal at the appellate court an effort in futility. Besides, he also wants the court to ban any attempt by the party to take over his office or replace him through a fresh election or by appointing the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Mr Onwe S. Onwe in an acting capacity.
In a motion on notice filed at the court by his lawyer, Kunle Kalejaye, a copy of which was obtained by iReports-ng in Abuja today, Oyinlola is basing his seven requests on four grounds. The seven court orders sought in the motion include: “An order of stay of execution of the judgment delivered on the 11th day of January 2013 by this Honourable Court in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/504/2012 pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed against by the 1st Defendant/Applicant/Appellant.
“An order of injunction restraining the respondents by themselves, agents, servants, privies or otherwise from taking any step or further steps whatsoever to remove the applicant as the National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) pending the determination of the appeal filed and now pending in the Court of Appeal.
“An order of injunction restraining any member of PDP from assuming or further assuming the office of the National Secretary of PDP.
“An order of injunction restraining any member of the PDP from performing or further performing the functions of the National Secretary of the party pending the determination of the appeal filed and pending in the Court of Appeal.
“An order of injunction restraining the PDP from convening any Zonal Congress or National Congress of the party with a view to electing or selecting the National Secretary of the PDP pending the determination of the appeal filed and pending in the Court of Appeal.
“An order of injunction restraining the PDP from rectifying the records of the applicant/ appellant by deleting name of the 1st defendant as the National Secretary of the 3rd respondent and replacing it with any other name.”
To justify his request for the injunctions, Oyinlola’s counsel said: “the applicant has promptly lodged an appeal against the aforesaid judgement at the Court of Appeal.
“The res or subject matter of the suit will be destroyed unless execution of the aforesaid judgement is stayed.
“A situation of complete helplessness will be foisted on the Court of Appeal unless an order for stay of execution of the aforesaid judgement is granted by this Honourable Court.
“There is need to stay execution of the judgement so that the applicant’s pending appeal will not be rendered nugatory.”
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