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Published On: Wed, Sep 10th, 2014

Kwara PDP Chairman docked over contempt

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

Kwara state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chairman, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, was yesterday docked at an Ilorin High Court for alleged contempt of the court.

Justice I.A Yusuf, of the Kwara state High Court, had on Tuesday, ordered Oyedepo to appear before the court to respond to the allegation of contempt leveled against him by a factional Chairman of the PDP in Ilorin-West LGA, Alhaji Toyin Olosasa.

Oyedepo, was dragged before the Court by a factional Chairman of the PDP in Ilorin West Local Government, Alhaji Toyin Olosasa for his failure to honour an order of the court, stopping inauguration of the council PDP executives.

The state Chairman was absent at the court without reasons on Tuesday, hence, the order for his appearance yesterday.

It will be recalled that Oyedepo had on September 3, 2014, sworn-in the Alhaji Yusuf Amuda Olugbon-led PDP executives in the local government, claiming that he had not obtained the court’s order before the inauguration.

Counsel to the Applicant, Mogaji Oba Abdulkadir told the court on Tuesday, that Oyedepo’s absence in court without any reason was “clear disobedience to the court order.”

Abdulkadir prayed the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Oyedepo and compel his court attendance.

In his submission, Oyedepo’s Counsel, A.O Abubakar argued that the process of the contempt proceeding was “pre-mature and defective,” saying the defendant is entitled to 7 days to file response to the allegations in accordance with Order 11 Rules 1 and 2 of the court.

The Judge, in his ruling on Tuesday, agreed with Applicant Counsel that Oyedepo’s absence was a disobedience to the court order, hence, he ordered him to appear on Wednesday to respond to the contempt charges.

However, upon his appearance on Wednesday, Oyedepo’s Counsel filed a Counter-Affidavit challenging the processes of the contempt proceeding as well as the jurisdiction of the court.

The Applicant’s Counsel, Abdulkadir asked the court for short time in order to file in responses to the counter-affidavit, but, however, he prayed the court allowed the contempt nor respond to the allegations of contempt.

Though, Oyedepo was not asked by the court to respond to the contempt charge, he remains docked while the counsels’ argument lasted for close to an hour.

Abdulkadir, however, asked for adjournment to another day when contempt proceeding generally would be heard a prayer Oyedepo’s counsel never objected.

In his ruling, the Justice Yusuf adjourned the case till Monday, September 15, 2014 for the continuation of hearing.


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