…Lawyer narrates Justice Taiwo Taiwo’s roles to pervert justice
The war over which Exco should represent the Southwest at the
Saturday, December 9 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP), was today rested as the Appeal Court in Ado Ekiti granted
an interim order staying execution of all orders of granted by Justice
Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, restraining the Dr
Eddy Olafeso led Southwest Zonal Exco of the PDP from functioning.
The Appeal Court, which also stopped all proceedings at the Federal
High Court, Ado Ekiti pending the determination of the appeal, frowned
at the a letter dated November 30, 2017 and addressed to the Presiding
Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ado Ekiti Division, by Chief
Makanjuola Ogundipe, seeking a postponement of the hearing of the
motion for a stay of execution brought by the Olafeso, declaring that
it was an attempt to intimidate the court and that “We refused to be
intimidated by the first respondent (Ogundipe).”
In granting the application for stay of execution of the Justice Taiwo
Taiwo orders, the appeal court, presided by Justice Ahmad Belgore took
cognizance of the pending application to commit Olafeso and others to
prison for contempt scheduled to be heard tomorrow at the Federal High
Court, Ado Ekiti.
He said: “all the Orders and rulings of the lower court delivered on
October 17, October 23 November 8 and November 27, 2017 have been
stayed in the interim, meaning that those orders and rulings are of no
value as from now and cannot be used anywhere having been rendered
null and void, and that all the proceedings at the Federal High Court
have been stayed pending the determination of the interlocutory appeal
that is before the Appeal court.”
Further hearing on the appeal was adjourned till January 15, 2018.
The Supreme Court had in a judgment delivered by Chief Justice of
Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen recognized the Ahmed
Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.
Ogundipe had in a suit number FAC/AD,CS/18/2017 said the Supreme Court
judgment did not invalidate his executive, saying the verdict only
affected the National body led by Sheriff.
Before granting the order, Justice Belgore had asked Makanjuola, which
faction he belonged to and he said it was Sheriff faction. The judge
also asked which faction was declared as authentic by the Supreme
Court to which Ogundipe answered Makarfi.
Counsel to the Olafeso-led Exco, Sunday Olowalafe had informed the
court of the various underhand deals aimed at frustrating the appeal.
He said he was curious that, Forms 48 and 49 were filed together and
Justice Taiwo Taiwo was ready to hear the application to commit Dr
Olafeso and other members of his Exco to prison for contempt.
Olowolafe also wondered why record of proceedings at the lower court
was not made available until he had to depose to an affidavit that the
lower court was deliberately hiding the court records to frustrate the
appeal and achieve the aim of forcing the self-appointed exco of
Ogundipe on the PDP.
“The orders were granted exparte on October 17, 2017, having filed
same application on October 16, knowing that its lifespan was 14 days,
it was further extended on November 8, 2017.
“On that same day, all parties were in court, but to our chagrin, the
matter was adjourned sine die or when the court will call the parties
at its own discretion by giving us hearing notice.
“Curiously, on November 27, 2017, the same court that had adjourned
sine die, sat on a matter exparte, making all frantic efforts in
conjunction with Makanjuola and his cohorts, attempting to commit the
National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Secretary to the
National Caretaker committee, Senator Ben Obi and others to prison for
contempt of court.
Reacting to the development, Olafeso said: “I thank all members of our
great party, the PDP for this victory over the forces of darkness.
Specifically, I thank our leader and Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele
Fayose for his commitment to saving our party from this cankerworm. I
cannot thank him enough.
“Today’s proceeding at the Court of Appeal, Ado Ekiti should be a
clear message to those who have used crooked judicial process to hold
our party down that their game has come to an inglorious end.”