Court Nullifies Expulsion Of Kashamu, Ogun Chairman By PDP
Justice Valentine Ashi of an Abuja High Court on Wednesday set aside the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP]’s expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu (Ogun East) and the Ogun State Chairman of the party, Engr Adebayo Dayo.
Justice Ashi, who nullified the action of the PDP in a ruling he delivered Wednesday, held that the purported expulsion was unlawful as it was done in flagrant disobedience of a subsisting order of the court made on December 7, 2017, which was restated on January 9, 2018, directing parties not to do anything to jeopardise the hearing of the pending case.
The PDP on July 24, 2018, announced the expulsion of Kashamu and Dayo from the party. Their expulsion was contained in the party’s letter of August 1, 2018 which was served on them.
Miffed by the party’s action, both Kashamu and Dayo in the suit marked: M/8696/2018, and filed on their behalf by their counsel Charles Ndukwe challenged their expulsion from the party.
Their argument was on the grounds that the party took the action while the matter was still pending in court.
In the ruling, the judge agreed with the applicants (Kashamu and Dayo) that the order made on December 7, 2017 and restated on January 9, 2018 was still binding on the plaintiff (PDP) and all parties despite its (PDP’s) abandoning of the case, which led to it being struck out.
Justice Ashi noted that even when the main suit was struck out, the counter-claim filed by Kashamu and other defendants was still pending.
The judge rejected PDP’s objection to the suit and held that the suit Kashamu filed against the party before the Federal High Court, Abuja was different from the one before his court.