An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo has nullified and reversed the expulsion of Omooba Dotun Babayemi from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State .
Besides, the court warned the party and its agents against taking actions contrary to this order till the substantive suit is determined.
Few days ago, some members of the PDP led by one Bukayo Ogunleye from Babayemi’s Otun Balogun Ward 2 in Gbongan, his hometown had announced his expulsion from the party.
In a counter move on Monday, the Otun Balogun Ward 2 Executive Committee while addressing the press through Honourable Munurudeen Adekunle, nullified the purported expulsion and at the same time announced the suspension of those behind the action.
However on Tuesday,the State High Court sitting in Osogbo and presided over by Justice Jide Falola, ruled against the PDP from expelling Babayemi from the party pending the determination of the substantive suit.
In the suit HOS/M.212/2022 between Babayemi, PDP, INEC, Bukayo Ogunleye and nine others, an order of interim mandatory injunction was sought by the plaintiff .
In the like manner, it seeks to restrain the defendants/respondents or their agents from carrying out their purported action as captured in the press conference addressed by some members of the party in Otun Balogun Ward 2 Gbongan.
Equally, the plaintiff sought and was granted a mandatory interim injunction to restrain the defendants/ respondents or their agents from taking any further steps pending the determination of the originating summons and to this effect prayed the court to maintain the status quo until the final determination of the suit.
In its ruling, Justice Falola maintained that going by the Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe’s pronouncements in the suit HIJ/6/2022 as instituted by Mr Ademola Adedokun and 20 others on behalf of themselves and Ward Executive officers elected on 25th September, 2021 in the Ward election supervised by the then State PDP Chairman,Hon Olasoji Adagunodo, the persons that undertook the expulsion of Babayemi were ordinary members of the party and as such, impostors.
To this effect,”the Court has decided to reverse and put in abeyance, the purported expulsion of Babayemi, warning that,1st-10 Defendants/Respondents shall suspend all steps taken or are planning to take with a view to giving effect to the purported expulsion of the plaintiff/Applicant, and shall not embark on any punitive against the plaintiff/ Applicant”
Justice Falola further directed that the rights and privileges of Babayemi be restored in the interim as a full fledged member of the PDP in Otun Balogun Ward 2, Gbongan.