Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Court to Rule On Oyinlola's Application for Stay in March

An application brought by former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola seeking to stay execution on the judgment that recently sacked him as National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been slated for ruling on March 21.

Oyinlola Tuesday returned to the Federal High Court in Abuja, which earlier voided his election, to apply for the stay after he appealed the judgment.

Justice Abdul Kafarati had on January 11 upheld the application of the Ogun PDP chapter that Oyinlola was not validly nominated by the South West zone for the position of national secretary in the March, 2012 National Convention.

The court further held that there were two subsisting orders of a Federal High Court in Lagos which nullified the South West zonal congress that produced Oyinlola as candidate.

But at the hearing Tuesday, the PDP counsel Joe Kyari Gadzama (SAN) objected to Oyinlola's application for stay on the grounds that he challenged the judgment after 10 days by which time he had already been replaced by his deputy in compliance with the court order.

Oyinlola's counsel Awa Kalu (SAN) had urged the court to reinstate him since the order for fresh congress by the South West zone to replace him within 21 days was not obeyed.

The embattled former national secretary is also faced with contempt proceedings filed in the court by the Ogun PDP led by Engineer Adebayo Dayo over his alleged non-compliance with the sack order.

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