Contempt charge: Lagos Court sets Ogun PDP leaders, Makarfi &Co free
The battle for the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in South West Zone and Ogun State in particular appeared settled with the quashing of the contempt proceeding against the decision of Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee to inaugurate Ogun State Caretaker Committee led by Barrister Tunde Odanye.
The Ali Modu Sheriff faction led by Bayo Dayo had earlier sought for and obtained an injunction refraining the National Caretaker Committee from setting up a Caretaker Committee for the party in the State.
However, following the land mark judgment of the Supreme Court which authenticated Makarfi led committee as the rightfully constituted National Caretaker Committee of the party, setting aside the earlier judgement of the Appeal Court which recognized Ali Modu Sheriff Committee, it went ahead to inaugurate Caretaker Committees for nine states where there were crises including Ogun State.
This prompted the Bayo Dayo led group loyal to Ali Modu Sheriff to file an amendment to the earlier contempt charge to include the members of the new Caretaker Committee in the State.
It will be recalled that two members of the Tunde Odanye-led Caretaker Committee were arrested and charged to magistrate court for alleged contempt. They were remanded in prison until their bail conditions were perfected.
The two affected party leaders are Bankole Osisanya, 65, and Nike Temidayo, 57. Their accusers are the leaders of the dissolved Bayo Dayo-led Committee.
They were accused of conspiring with others, who are said to be at large, to organise a PDP Caretaker Committee meeting contrary to a subsisting Federal High Court judgement, thereby, committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (d) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006.
However, with the last week judgement by the Lagos High Court presided over by Justice I.N. Buba which quashed the contempt proceedings against both the state’s new leadership, the coast is now clear for the Tunde Odanye led Caretaker Committee in Ogun State to operate unhindered.
The Judge also vacated the experte order earlier obtained for interim injunction dated 11/10/17 and struck out the motion for adjournment slated for 30/10/17.
His ruling; “After hearing John Martins Abu, counsel for the applicant, the court has given its ruling. It is hereby ordered that the application for committal as in suit no FHC/L/CS/636/2016; Chief, (Eng.) Adebayo Dayo and others VS. Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and 5 others is hereby struck out.”