The Appeal Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday affirmed the Gboyega Oguntuase – led State Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party as the authentic PDP in the state .
The court set aside the judgment by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti, which had earlier recognised Chief Williams Ajayi – led faction .
While Oguntuase group backed by Governor Ayodele Fayose was loyal to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi ’ s faction , the Ajayi group backed by Senator Buruji Kashamu was loyal to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff , who lost out in the battle for the national chairmanship of the party .
Dissatisfied , Oguntuase through his lawyer , Obafemi Adewale , approached the appeal court asking it to set aside the judgment .
In the judgment read by Justice Fatima Akinbami on Wednesday , the appeal court said the lower court did not take into cognisance the Supreme Court judgment which confirmed legitimacy on the Makarfi -led Caretaker Committee .
“ The Supreme Court ruled that the national convention remains the topmost legal body that can regulate the party and said the need to constitute a caretaker committee was agreed at a convention and that makes whatever they do at this state level legal .
“ The lower court did not even take into cognisance the issue of jurisdiction raised by the defendants (the PDP and Oguntuase ) that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit in the first instance , rather than considered this, the Judge went ahead and delivered his judgment .
“ The issue of preliminary objection raised by these defendants on the strength of the jurisdiction and the power of party to regulate itself without interference was valid .
“ We hereby set aside the judgment of the lower court in this regard , ” the court stated.
Reacting , Adewale said the judgment had reaffirmed that there was only one PDP executive in Ekiti .
The court has set out clearly that the process that produced them is legal and the people who are challenging the executive have no platform in law .
“ All the documents that the Williams Ajayi group brought were all not signed or authenticated . And the court has said that it will not give credence to such papers because , they are all mere pieces of paper and not authentic documents .
“ The court has reaffirmed the position of the Supreme Court that the court has no business with matters that have to do with the internal affairs of the party . The court cannot choose leaders or candidates for our party .
“ We have to appreciate our judiciary for standing on the path of consistency and for also appreciating the urgency in determining this matter . ”