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Osun SDP Crisis: Court Bars Omisore Group from Holding Congress

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By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun has granted an interim injunction restraining the group belonging to the former Deputy Governor of the state,  Senator Iyiola Omisore within the Social Democratic Party (SDP), from holding a congress of the party.
The party’s Congresses were scheduled to hold between Saturday, June 30 and Monday, July 2 for Ward and Local government respectively.
The state chairman of the party, Mr. Ademola Ishola, had on Monday said Senator Omisore was not yet a member of SDP as he was yet to join the party in his ward.
But on Thursday, Mr Idowu Afolami, who is a former secretary of SDP in the state, along with few members of the executives suspended Mr Ishola from the party.
However, on Friday four members of the party instituted a suit with number HIK/M.23/2018 against Dr Omisore.
Joined in the suit are Alhaji Shehu Musa, who is the National Secretary of the party, and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among others.
They prayed the court to stop the congress pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
The  presiding judge, Justice Jide Falola, while ruling on the experte motion said:”In the spirit of reconciliation among parties,  I hereby make the following preservative orders:
“Both the Applicants and the Respondents shall uphold the supremacy of the constitution of the party –Social Democratic Party, SDP- as contained in S. 2(1) of the constitution.
“Parties, especially the respondents shall maintain status quo ante bellum inter duos,  pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for injection.
“Also, the rights of the applicants,  as part of the State Executive Council inaugurated on 16th February 2016 to discharge the duties,  privileges and responsibilities assigned to them by section 12, 6, and 10 of the constitution of the party are hereby preserved in order not to cripple the operations of the party,  pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
The case is adjourned till July 3 for hearing of the substantive suit.

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