By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The two factions laying claims to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governorship ticket in Osun State have disagreed over the court orders on the party’s primaries that produced Prince Dotun Babayemi and Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Edmund Biriomoni, counsel to Babayemi, had on Wednesday said his client was the valid candidate of the party in the July 16 governorship election.
Biriomoni, in a statement issued in Osogbo, said an Osun State High Court sitting in Ijebu-Ijesa, presided over by Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe, in a case between Ademola Adedokun and 29 others against the PDP and INEC had adjourned the matter indefinitely, citing the existence of a matter currently at the Court of Appeal.
“On the 3rd of March, 2022, the Court granted an order recognising the Ward Executive Officers of the party that produced the 215 delegates. On the 10th of March again, the Court declared through its Order of Mandatory Interim Injunction, that Babayemi was the legally recognised candidate of the party, having been elected by delegates backed by the law.
“However, in its sitting today, Wednesday, the court adjourned sine die due to the appeal currently at the Court of Appeal,” Biriomoni said.
According to him, the court’s position implied that Babayemi remained the party’s governorship candidate because of the subsisting orders.
“The Court orders of 3rd and 10th of March, 2022, are still subsisting, valid and binding on parties concerned. Omo Oba Dotun Babayemi remains the candidate of the party.
“Yes, the implication is that the status quo remains; it means the court will go comatose till they finish from the Court of Appeal. They have shot themselves in the foot. It means that the status quo remains which implies that the two earlier court orders granted in favour of the plaintiffs are still subsisting,” Biriomoni added.
But Adeleke’s faction warned against disinformation, stating that ex-parte orders last only for seven days.
The Publicity Secretary of the faction, Ayodeji Areola, in a statement issued on Wednesday evening, said that the legal brick wall on the Osun PDP ticket had been resolved in favour of Adeleke.
“We are not unaware of the misinformation being circulated by a tiny minority within Osun PDP supported by the APC agents that the order of interim injunction made by Aderibigbe operates indefinitely. That is far from the truth as that position will be preposterous and against logic, law and reason.
“An ex-parte order has a seven-day life span and unless expressly extended, it automatically vanishes after the seven-day period. In the case of PDP .V. ADAGUNODO in CA/AK/349/2020, the Court of Appeal had this to say on the life span of an ex-parte order;
“Interim orders have a life span and automatically expire by effluxion of time, in this case, seven days, unless renewed by another seven days as situation and circumstances permit. The clear implication of the above-cited rules of court is that an order made ex-parte shall automatically abate after seven days.
“The implication of the above position is that there is no court order disturbing our candidate any longer,” Areola said.