By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has affirmed the suspension of Samson Bamgbose as the Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It also entered as the judgment of the court the terms of settlement executed by Barrister Taiwo Kabir Shote on behalf of the Kashamu political family on Tuesday.
The trial judge, Justice M. O. Olajuwon, had earlier dismissed the notice of change of counsel filed by the Bamgbose-Segun Seriki group.
With this court judgment, the terms of settlement brokered by the Dr. Bukola Saraki-led National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the party and executed on the 18th of March, 2021, by Shote on behalf of the Kashamu political family has become the judgment of the court with respect to the Ogun State PDP.
When the matter came up on Monday, Olusegun Jolaawo (SAN) announced an appearance for Bamgbose and Charles Ndukwe for the Ogun State PDP Executive.
One other counsel announced an appearance for Mr. Leke Shittu but the court refused to countenance his appearance.
After hearing Ndukwe on facts leading to the split representation for the Ogun State PDP Executive, Jolaawo noted that he would like to resolve the issue of change of counsel before further proceedings.
The various counsel took turns to address the court on the notice for change of counsel.
Ndukwe moved the motion for court to nullify and strike out the Notice of Counsel filed by Bamgbose, relying on Ogun State PDP Exco’s affidavit and exhibits attached thereto.
Jolaawo responded and relied on Bamgbose and others counter affidavit/written address.
Reacting to the court judgment, Shote said: “The court judgment is victory for the rule of law, participatory and progressive democracy. I give all glory to the Almighty God for this resounding victory.
“It is just a few days to the first anniversary of the passage into the eternal glory of our father, leader, and mentor, the late Senator Buruji Kashamu.
“There can possibly be no better way to keep his memory alive than this huge political and judicial victory coming at this time.
“Congratulations to all members of the Kashamu political family and all members of the Ogun State PDP. Forward ever, backward never.”