Monday, 1 July 2013

You Can’t Hold Southwest Zonal Congress – Oni Tells PDP

Crisis over the planned South-West Zonal Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) deepened over the weekend as former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni wrote the Deputy President of the Senate and Secretary, Special Convention Planning Committee, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, telling the party to perish the thought of holding a fresh Congress in the South-West to elect new Zonal Executives of the party.

Oni, in a letter dated June 26, 2013 and signed by his counsel, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, relied on “the pendency of an action in Suit No: AB/58/2013, challenging the dissolution of the Chief Segun Oni led South West Zonal Executive of the PDP.

In the suit, Oni is asking for ‘An Order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Defendants either by themselves, agents, officials or privies from interfering with the performance by the Claimants of their duties as the South West Zonal Executive Committee of the 3rd Defendant or in any other manner howsoever giving effect to or acting upon the decision of the 3rd Defendant purporting to dissolve the South West Zonal Executive Committee of the 3rd Defendant pending the hearing and determination of this suit.’

The letter which was sent to the Deputy Senate President on Friday advised Senator Ekwerenmadu to respect the position of the law that when a Motion on Notice is pending before a Court of law and same has being served on all Parties, all the Parties are expected to fold their arms and refrain from doing anything capable of over-reaching the pending application. 

Oni said “holding a Zonal Congress during the pendency of the court  action and Motion on Notice would be unlawful and illegal.

Oni then asked PDP to refrain from proceeding with the South West Zonal Congress pending the outcome of this action and other actions on the same issue at the Court of Appeal.

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