Vanguard (Lagos)

14 January 2013

Nigeria: Oyinlola Asks Appeal Court to Void His Sack

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Alhaji Bamanga Tukur

Abuja — Sacked National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola has approached the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court, begging it to invoke its powers and reinstate him.

Oyinlola who was ousted from office by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, told the appellate court that trial Justice Abdul Kafarati erred in law when he assumed jurisdiction over a dispute he said bothered on intra-party affair.

He argued that not only did Justice Karafati overreached his powers, but went ahead and sacked him from office "against the weight of evidence."

According to him, "the learned trial erred in Law when he overruled the Preliminary Objection to the jurisdiction of the court and assumed jurisdiction and delivered Judgment."

It will be recalled that Oyinlola was ordered to vacate his office after the high court held that there was merit in a suit that was entered against him by Chieftains of the PDP in Ogun state.

The state chapter of the Party led by its Chairman and Secretary, Chief Adebayo Dayo and Semiu Sodipo, had in their suit, alleged that Onyinola emerged as the national scribe of the party through a kangaroo process they said was perfected by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former National Vice Chairman, PDP South West, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo.

They argued that in view of two separate judgments of a Federal High Court in Lagos that nullified the South West Zonal congress that produced Oyinlola as candidate, his continued stay in office was illegal, null and void since his candidacy was annulled ab-intio, contending that "something cannot be built on nothing."

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