An Ogun State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has restrained the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding a congress on Saturday in the state.

This was the highpoint of Wednesday’s court proceedings. Two members of the caretaker committee, led by Tunde Odanye, are standing trial for contempt of court.

The duo – Bankole Osisanya and Temidayo Nike – as well as others on the run were arraigned for disobeying the judgment of a Federal High Court, which validated the Adebayo Dayo-led State Exco of the party till 2020.

Ruling on an application by the prosecution to withdraw the bail granted the accused, the Magistrate, Idowu Olayinka, who turned down the request for revocation of bail granted the two committee members, restrained members of the caretaker committee from holding any meeting and congress in Ogun State.

Olayinka also urged the parties to maintain law and order, ordering the party’s embattled Exco and the caretaker committee to refrain from physical confrontation that can cause a breach of the peace.

He also ordered the AIG in charge of Zone 2, officer in charge of zonal intervention squad, the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command, Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and heads of police formation, to arrest, investigate and prosecute any member of the caretaker committee found in violation of the order.

The Magistrate also directed the prosecution and defence team to impress it on their clients and witnesses, the consequences of disobedience to the order.

He then adjourned the case to 21st November, 2017, for hearing of preliminary objection.


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