An Abuja Federal High Court has been asked to order the removal of former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, from office as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party on the grounds that a court judgment had nullified the South-West zonal congress through which he was nominated.
The court was also told that Oyinlola was not the valid candidate, as he was foisted on the zone by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The suit was brought by the Ogun State Executive Committee of the PDP through its counsel, Amaechi Nwaiwu, SAN.
Listed as the defendants in the suit are Oyinlola, PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In the suit filed by the chairman and secretary of the state chapter of the party, Adebayo Dayo and Alhaji Semiu Sodipo, respectively, for and on behalf of other officers, the plaintiffs are challenging the retention of Oyinlola as the PDP National Secretary, even after a Lagos Federal High Court cancelled the zonal congresses that produced him.
The plaintiffs maintained that, following the zoning of the office of PDP National Secretary to the South West, Oyinlola was imposed as the candidate for the position by Obasanjo and the then National Vice Chairman (South West), Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo.
But they argue that, following the orders of two separate judgments of the Lagos Federal High Court, which nullified the South West zonal congress that produced Oyinlola as candidate, the former governor should no longer be the National Secretary of the party.
As a result, they asked the court to declare Oyinlola’s continuos stay in the office as invalid, null and void since his candidacy had been nullified.
They plaintiffs asked the court to compel INEC to conduct a fresh zonal congress in the South West.
They also asked the court to order INEC to delete Oyinlola’s name and replace it with that of another candidate that will emerge from the fresh zonal congress.
Also, the asked the court to nullify Oyinlola’s candidacy and subsequent election on the grounds that he was not a valid nominee of the South West Zone of the PDP.
In an affidavit in support of the originating summons, Miss. Abimbola Okuwoga, an assistant in the chambers of Nwaiwu, averred that Oyinlola was foisted on the party by Obasanjo.
The deponent maintained that Oyinlola was elected upon the understanding that he was the nominee of the South West.
“However, the South West Congress conducted on 21st March 2012 was nullified by the order and judgment of the Federal High Court on 27th April and another on 2nd May 2012 on the ground that it violated a Federal High Court order of February 16, 2012.
“The failure to properly nominate Oyinlola at the said congress was fatal to his candidacy,” the deponent said.