Osun SDP Crisis Deepens As Court Stops Omisore’s Group From Holding Congress

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Ikirun on Friday granted an order of interim injunction restraining the former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore and his group within the Social Democratic Party(SDP) from conducting proposed congresses.

An ally of the former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Mr Idowu Afolami had on Wednesday issued a statement saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has instructed its officers in Osun State to monitor the proposed congresses of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State.

The purported congresses were slated between Saturday, June 30 and Monday, July 2 at different wards across the state and Local governments respectively.

Afolami, who is the former Secretary of the party however went further on Thursday, alongside few of Omisore’s supporters to pronounce the suspension of the State Chairman, Mr Ademola Ishola for daring to denounce Omisore ‘s membership of the party at a press conference in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

However, in a suite number HIK/M.23/2018, instituted by four member of the party against Dr Iyiola Omisore, Alhaji Shehu Musa, who is the National Secretary of the party, and Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) among two others prayed the court to stop action 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”

However, some alleged thugs invaded the party secretariat, opposite Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo, beating all occupants and forcefully ejecting them from the party office.

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