Appeal Court halts orders against faction in S/West PDP crisis
The Appeal Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has halted the interim orders granted by the lower court, which barred the Eddy Olafeso-led factional South-West People’s Democratic Party (PDP) zonal working committee from participating in the national convention of the party.
The court also granted a stay of all proceedings going on before the trial court pending the determination of the notice of appeal filed before the appellate court by Olafeso group.
At the Appeal Court in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the PDP South-West led by Olafeso, through its lawyer, Sunday Olowolafe, presented its application for prayers to vacate all orders, rulings and proceedings of the case at the lower court as lacking in merit and legality.
According to Olowolafe, their application was for the court to stay the orders and rulings delivered by the trial court on October 16, 17, November 8 and 27.
He said: “The orders were granted ex-parte on October 17, 2017 having filed same application on October 16, having known that its lifespan is 14 days, it was further extended on the 8 of Nov 2017
“On that same day, we were obviously in court and all parties were in court, but to our chagrin, the matter was adjourned till when God knows or when the court will call the parties at its own discretion by giving us hearing notice.
“But consequent upon that, on November 27, 2017, the same court that had adjourned sine die, sat on a matter ex-parte, making all frantic efforts in conjunction with Makanjuola and his cohorts, attempting to commit to jail the national chairman of PDP, secretary to the national caretaker committee as well as the party.
“In court today to our surprise, Makanjuola brought a letter he didn’t serve us, which he wrote to the presiding judge asking for adjournment of notice of appeal by claiming that he was not served the court process, this is an abuse of court.”
Justice Belgore, who was displeased with Makanjuola’s letter, ordered him to read it to the hearing of the court and what purpose he intended to serve with the letter.
The judge went further to cross-examine him by which faction of the PDP he belongs and whether he was aware of a Supreme Court judgment sacking Sheriff.
Makanjuola responded that Makarfi won the case at the Supreme Court and that he belonged to the Sheriff faction.
Consequently, Justice Belgore adjourned hearing on the case to January 15 next year.
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