The supreme court has declined to issue a stay of execution on the ruling which recognised the Adebayo Dayo-led executive committee as the authentic leadership of the Ogun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the court struck out the request, saying the parties involved should wait for a definite order by the appeal court.
Similarly, a five-man panel of judges, led by Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, also struck out another application filed by the national leadership of the PDP for accelerated hearing of the appeal after it was voluntarily withdrawn by the national working committee of the party.
PDP counsel, Emeka Etiaba (SAN), had withdrawn the application because the respondents were yet to file their brief responding to the main appeal.
Concise News reports that Buruji Kashamu, who is the governorship candidate of the party recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is backing Dayo-led faction.
During the proceeding, Alex Izinyon (SAN), the respondents’ lawyer, argued that his clients had eight weeks to respond to the appeal.
Izinyon noted that the application was, therefore, “incompetent”. The court agreed with him but asked the appellant to file an application for abridgement of time for the respondent to file their brief.
The PDP is challenging the court judgment ordering the party’s national leadership and INEC to recognise the Dayo-led executive committee until the expiration of tenure in 2020.