Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola
The crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may consume some chieftains of the party including National Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the National Vice Chairman of the party (South-west), Mr. Segun Oni, as well as the National Auditor, Chief Bode Mustapha.
A chieftain of the party in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, said Oyinlola, Oni and Mustapha risk being committed to prison soon for contempt of court.
Also at risk of being sent to jail, according to Kashamu, is the chairman of a parallel executive of the party in the state, Senator Dipo Odunjirin, who was sacked last November 16 by a Federal High Court which also nullified the ‘congresses’ that brought him into office.
While addressing journalists at Ijebu - Igbo area of Ogun State on Sunday during a political meeting, Kashamu said the Adebayo Dayo-led executive of the party was already tidying up an application which would be filed in court soonest for the purpose of initiating a contempt proceedings against Oyinlola.
Relying on the court judgment in suit/FHC/ABJ/CS/504/2012 delivered on January 11 by Justice A. Abdu-Kafarati, which sacked Oyinlola as the National Secretary of the party, Kashamu said the judge had found out that the embattled former governor disobeyed the court the judgments in the following suits PHC/L/CS/1248/2011, FCH/L/CS/ 282/2012 and PHC/L/CS/347/2012 which were instituted by the Ogun State chapter.
In the said suits, the judgment of PHC/L/CS/1248/2011 delivered last April 27, 2012 nullified the South-west zonal congress of the party and removed Segun Oni from office as National Vice-Chairman.
The judgment of suit FCH/L/CS/ 282/2012, delivered May 2, 2012, sacked Chief Bode Mustapha as National Auditor of PDP while the judgment in suit PHC/L/CS/347/2012 confirmed the authenticity of the Adebayo Dayo-led Exe,cutive and restrained the National PDP from dealing with anyone in Ogun State, except through the Dayo-led Executive.
But Oyinlola, it was gathered, allegedly, breached the said judgments last year by writing to the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission that Ireti Oniyide, Mr Fasiu Bakenne and others were the caretaker committee members of PDP in the state.
Oyinlola also allegedly wrote letters to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies introducing Dipo Odujinrin as Ogun PDP executive officer.
According the court judgment of January 11, “in the instant case, the various letters written by the first defendant (Oyinlola) seeking to override the orders mentioned above constitute criminal contempt and interference with the admission of justice.
“Their conduct amounts to criminal contempt and they may be liable for committal to prison. It should be emphasised that an act of disobedience to an order of court renders those in disobedience to sanctions by the court and it also renders any step taken by those in disobedience invalid.”
“A new congress would be organised and conducted in the South-west, there is no other authentic PDP in Ogun State apart from the Adebayo Dayo-led exco. Anybody that tries to do otherwise will end his life in jail. You just have open your eyes and see what is going to happen, the Abuja High Court has already found Oyinlola guilty of contempt.
“We are tidying up an application which we are going to file in court to declare the sentence on Oyinlola because the court has said Oyinlola has disobeyed the court order. Segun Oni and Mustapha would go and just wait you will see what would happen in the next two weeks. What is important to us is that the elephant has fallen and the once the elephant is down, the small animals would be easier to catch.”