Fayose loses grip of Ekiti PDP as Court orders INEC to recognize Ajayi-led Exco


By Amos Olufela

There are indications that Governor Ayodele Fayose may have lost his grip over the Ekiti state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) as a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State today ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Chief Williams Ajayi as the authentic chairman of the party in the state.

Today’s judgment has put the leadership crisis that has been rocking the state chapter of the PDP since 2015 to rest.

During the proceeding of the case with Suit Number FHC/AD/CS/21/2015, Justice Taiwo O. Taiwo who frowned at the counsel to the 5th defendant (Chief Gboyega Oguntuase) , Barrister Bimpe Olatemidun, who was asking him to stay proceeding without being able to provide an order from the Court of appeal to that effect.

While reacting on a letter which the defence counsel transmitted to the court for his inability to be present in court at the last hearing which took place on December 8th, 2016, the Judge said that the letter was received but wasn’t given a positive approach so as not to delay his ruling on the case

Asking the defence counsel to bring out a ruling or an evidence of appearance before the Court of appeal in form of affidavit before he could take down his brief to stay proceeding, the Judge said he believed that the defence team was just trying to arrest his judgment which was due for reading.

He noted that there must be a verified order from the Court of appeal, asking him to stay proceeding before the request could be considered.

Also speaking on the letter which was served on the court by Barrister Mike Ezekome to ask the Court to stay proceeding, Justice Taiwo said that both the letter and motion purportedly filed by Barrister EZekome were frivolous especially when his name (EZekome) didn’t reflect on the said motion.

He however reiterated that the letter from EZekome was a plot to arrest his judgment, noting that he would not stay proceeding

On his own, Barrister Niran OWoseeni who represented the plaintiffs urged the Court to disregard the January 19th letter written by the Chambers of Barrister Mike EZekome.

He added that the letter which was just served on him this morning having being dated 19th January, 2017 didn’t represent the position of the case particularly when the letter said in a portion that Barrister EZekome is the counsel to the plaintiffs. “My Lord, I want to state it that I have been the lawyer to the plaintiffs right from the beginning of this case” OWoseeni noted.

He maintained that the letter didn’t represent because the parties that were mentioned therein are different from the parties mentioned before the Court of appeal.

Saying that there were evidences that Barrister EZekome had not filed any motion that is worthy of consideration by the Court. OWoseeni urged the Court to disregard a ‘mere’ letter, asking him to stay proceeding.

He also said that the judge should deliver his judgment and disregard any attempt to stop him in as much as there was no order from the Court of appeal, ADO EKITI Division, arresting the judgment.

Meanwhile, counsel to the INEC, Barrister (Mrs) Amos, said in her submission that the electoral umpire was not part of the motion or letter to arrest the judgment.

She however said that the judge should continue with the ruling, noting that the commission would abide by the outcome.

Addressing the Court earlier, Barrister OlateMidun who represented the 5th defendant, Chief OguntUase, urged the Court to stay proceeding and allow the Court of appeal to rule on the pending motion which he said had been filed before it.