Ogun PDP caretaker committee says congress will hold despite court order

People Democratic Party (PDP)

The Ogun State PDP caretaker committee says the party’s congress scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 4 will go as scheduled, despite a court order stopping it.

An Abeokuta Magistrate Court on Wednesday had stopped the congress, and ordered the assistant inspector general in-charge of Lagos and Ogun states, the Ogun State police commissioner and director of state security service, to enforce the order.

Magistrate Idowu Olayinka had issued the order, while ruling on an application filed by the prosecution for the revocation of bail granted to two members of the caretaker committee, Temidayo Nike and Bankole Osinsanya, for disobeying a federal high court’s order, recognizing the Bayo Dayo-led state executive, as the legal executive council until the year 2020.

A member of the caretaker committee, Sunday Solarin, who spoke on behalf of the committee, shortly after the court issued the order, said the Saturday state congress will hold as scheduled, in spite of the order.

According to Solarin, it is the duty of the electoral body selected by the party’s national caretaker to conduct the congress, and not the responsibility of the state caretaker committee, who is a party to the suit.

Meanwhile, members of the electoral committee of the PDP national caretaker committee, who supervised last Saturday’s local government congress across Ogun State’s 20 council areas, are divided over the outcome of the congress.

Secretary of the committee, Fabian Ihekweme and two other members in a report, declared the congress as null and void, on the ground that, they were never taken to any venue where the exercise were supposed to have taken place.

Ihekweme urged the party’s national caretaker committee to disregard the result of the congress, as collated by the state’s caretaker committee, calling for a fresh congress, which must be conducted in accordance with the party’s constitution.

The chairman of the committee, Kingsley Chinda and a member, however, refused to sign the report of the dissenting members of the committee.

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