Court Annuls Kashamu’s Expulsion From PDP

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A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja, on Wednesday, voided the expulsion of Senator Buruji Kashamu, the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The court also rescinded the expulsion of Adebayo Dayo, the Chairman of the PDP in the state. In a suit†marked, M/8696/2018, Kashamu and Dayo, had approached the court to challenge their expulsion from the opposition party, with their case being an offshoot of another suit†which was filed by the PDP on December 4, 2017, and†marked, FCT/HC/CV/0303/2017. Justice Valentine Ashi, the presiding judge, ruled that the action by the PDP was illegal and a disobedience to subsisting†court orders. Justice Ashi said the expulsion contravened a court order issued on December 7, 2017, directing parties not to take any action until the substantive determination of the suit. The judge noted that despite the order being reinstated on January 9, 2018, the party had brazenly violated the notice of suspension issued by the court. In his ruling, Justice Ashi quashed aside the expulsion of both Kashamu and Adebayo, which was contained in a letter dated August 1, 2018, by the PDP. The judge asked Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman, to, within 48 hours, explain by the swearing of an affidavit why he disobeyed a subsisting†court order which directed him and the party not to take any action until the determination of the suit. He was also asked to explain why he should not be referred to the Attorney General of the Federation for trial before the Magistratesí Court for allegedly obstructing the course of justice.
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