Oluyede Emerges Counsel To Ogun PDP Exco, As Court Rejects Odugbesan - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Oluyede Emerges Counsel To Ogun PDP Exco, As Court Rejects Odugbesan


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday has retained Prince Ajibola Oluyede as counsel to the Ogun State Executive Committee of the People Democratic Party (PDP).

The court equally joined the newly elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Hon. Samson Bamgbose and three others, Bimbo Lanre-Balogun, Segun Awoyomi and Mulikat Kusimo as necessary parties in a suit filed by the national leadership of PDP against the erstwhile Chief Adebayo Dayo-led State Executive Committee of the Party.

THE ENCOUNTER NEWS reports that, Bayo Dayo had on 30th March, 2020 purportedly debriefed Oluyede as counsel to the State Exco.

This move was, however, challenged by Bamgbose and other members of the State Executive Committee who retained Oluyede as their counsel through their counter letters of 31st March, 2020 and 8th April, 2020 respectively.

But when the matter came up on Tuesday, Oluyede informed the court that Bayo Dayo had been compromised and his intention was to align with the plaintiff to get a judgment that would be favourable to him and the plaintiff, hence, he cannot decide who should be the counsel to State Exco.

Oluyede added that, Bayo Dayo lack the moral right to appoint counsel for the party executive in the state since he was suspended and his term of office has also elapsed.

However, Chief Adeniyi Odugbesan prayed the court to admit him as the new counsel to the State Exco.

Ruling, the court granted the application of interested parties seeking to be joined as defendants in the matter (Bamgbose, Lanre-Balogun, Awoyomi and Kusimo) and further held that Oluyede will continue to act as counsel to the Ogun State PDP Exco while Odugbesan will be counsel to Dayo.

The court thereafter adjourned till 30th June, 2020, for definite hearing of the matter.

Similarly, Prince Ajibola Oluyede in a letter addressed to the new Ogun State Chairman, Chief Samson Bamgbose notified the exco of the court's decision to stand as counsel to the Ogun State Executive Committee (Exco) of the Party.

The letter reads in part:
Dear Chief Bamgbose and State Exco,

"The matter came up today before Justice Mohammed of Abuja Division FHCT. As you know we had several applications for you and other members of the Exco pending.

"The Plaintiff’s lawyer desperate for the case to go on first made a proposal that the parties seeking to be joined should be joined in their personal capacity and the matter proceed to substantive hearing with ADEBAYO DAYO representing the State Exco.

"I rejected the proposal and made a counter proposal that you and others be joined for yourselves personally and representing other members of Exco apart from ADEBAYO DAYO who can stay on as a party in his own personal capacity.

"After much back and forth the court eventually proposed that you and others be joined for yourselves and representing other members of the Exco so that ADEBAYO DAYO remains for himself and can retain his separate lawyer (Odugbesan) whilst I represent the seven of you now joined as representing yourselves and other members of the Exco.

"We all agreed with the judge’s proposal (which was my proposal anyway).

"The court then joined 7 of you for yourselves and representing other members of Exco.

"ADEBAYO DAYO will remain as 1st Defendant in his personal capacity and represented by his lawyer whilst I will represent the 7of you."

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