It appears that the crisis within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new turn on Tuesday before Justice Abdul Kafarati of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja as counsel for the party, J.K Gadzama (SAN), opposed the application for stay brought by the sacked National Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, seeking to stay the earlier judgment of the court.
The embattled National Secretary, Oyinlola, through his counsel, had prayed the court for a stay of execution of its January 11 judgment removing him from office as national scribe of the ruling party, pending the hearing and determination of an appeal before the Court of Appeal, Abuja. Specifically, Oyinlola had argued that the court did not make any order for the benefit of the PDP and so it could not have proceeded to enforce same.
According to him, “It is not in the place of any of the parties to claim that the order has been executed and so there is nothing to stay.” However, in a counter-affidat brought by counsel for the PDP, he informed the court that they were opposing the application for stay of execution both factually and legally.
According to him, “the executory orders of the court were complied forthwith on the 11th January by the PDP and Oyinlola also complied with the executory orders of the court; there is nothing to stay and this application ought not to stay in this court”, Gadzama added. Counsel for Ogun State PDP, who is the plaintiff in the instant case, A. Oluyede, prayed the court to dismiss Oyinlola’s motion with cost. After listening to all the parties, Justice Kafarati adjourned till March 21 for ruling.