The Federal High Court siting in Abuja on Tuesday, ruled on the leadership tussle of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), affirming the peace agreement brokered by Senator Bukola Saraki led National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the PDP.
The judgment affirmed the terms of settlement executed by Taiwo Kabir Shote on behalf of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu political family.
The ruling was delivered by Justice M. O. Olajuwon.
With the court judgment, the terms of settlement brokered by the Saraki-led panel 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.
Saraki led panel had sealed peace agreement between Kashamu and Hon Oladipopu Adebutu faction, thereby affirming Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele as the authentic State Chairman of the Party.
The terms of settlement agreed by both parties which the court relied on for the Tuesday judgment clearly pronounced Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele as the authentic Chairman of the Party and stated that other positions in the state Executive Committee should be harmonized and be constituted by both factions to form one authentic Executive Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele.
It will be recalled that the battle for the leadership of the PDP in Ogun State between the two factions has been on for over six years with hundreds of various litigations over the battle.
Reacting to the judgment, the Media Consultant to Adebutu, Afolabi Orekoya said this judgement “is restoring the belief in the judiciary in our democratic process, it is a victory for the entire PDP members of Ogun State as there is no looser. The oneness of PDP in Ogun is strengthened and stronger by the judgement.”
Orekoya said further that this judgement has put to end all concerns and uncertainties as regards the leadership of the party in Ogun State.
“By extension I congratulate the good people of OGUN State as this judgement has also provided an alternative platform for good governance and a better party to be voted for particularly in the forth coming Local Government elections,” he said.