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10 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 news Court dismisses Kashamu’s suit seeking to stop PDP’s sanction Ade Adesomoju, Abuja T he Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, struck out a suit filed by the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, to stop the Peoples Democratic Party from taking any disciplinary action against him. Delivering judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba declined jurisdiction to hear the case on merit and struck it out after upholding PDP’s preliminary objection challenging the suit’s competence and validity. The judge described the suit as hasty, premature and inappropriate for the purpose it sought to achieve. Kashamu had, on September 18, 2017, through his lawyer, Mr. Raphael Oluyede, filed the suit, marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/866/2017, faulting all disciplinary steps, including his referral to the Chief Tom Ikimi- led Disciplinary Committee of the party and the query dated September 7, 2017 issued to him by the party. He contended that the disciplinary actions were in violation of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, in suit FHC/L/ CS/605/2016, and also the order of Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Abuja Division of the court made in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2017 on September 5, 2017. The Independent National Electoral Commission, the PDP and the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee were the first to the third respondents to the suit. The fourth to the sixth respondents were the Chairman of the PDP Disciplinary Committee, Ikimi; Makarfi; and another member of the Makarfi- led caretaker committee of the party, Senator Ben Obi. But Justice Dimgba, in upholding the preliminary objection, argued by the PDP’s lawyer, Mr. Edidiong Usungurua of Kanu Agabi (SAN)’s law firm, struck out the disciplinary committee’s name as a defendant not being a juristic person (not a body that can sue or be sued). The judge also agreed with the PDP’s lawyer that the entire suit was hasty and premature being one founded on interlocutory orders made on August 10 and September 5, 2017, in another ongoing case marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/732/2017. Justice Dimgba held that the fresh suit by Kashamu was not the appropriate approach to enforcing the court orders which the senator claimed to have been violated by the PDP’s steps of referring him to a disciplinary committee of the party and issuing him a query dated September 7, 2017. He noted that the option open to any person alleging a violation of a court order was to file contempt proceedings and not to commence an entirely fresh suit for the enforcement of the orders said to have been violated. The judge added that granting the prayers sought in the senator’s fresh suit could lead to “absurdities” that would ridicule the integrity of the judiciary and the image of the institution. Justice Dimgba added, “The absurdity that comes out is to be seen by imagining a situation where, for example, this court were to give judgment today, granting the relief the plaintiff is asking for on the basis of the order of Quadri J. (Justice Babatunde Quadri also of the Abuja Division of FHC) and myself in Suit No: FHC/ • L-R: Past President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Margaret Adeleke; President, Mr. Akin Olawore; his wife, Elizabeth; Past Presidents, Mr. Thomas Awagu and Prince Yemi Adefulu, at the inauguration of Olawore as President of NBCC in Lagos...on Wednesday. Photo: Saheed Olugbon Ekiti inquiry commission can probe you, court tells Fayemi Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A n Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti, has said the Ekiti State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, set up by the state government to probe financial transactions of the state between 2010 and 2014, is legal. Justice Lekan Ogunmoye declared this on Wednesday while delivering judgment in the suit filed by the former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, against the commission. The trial judge held that Governor Ayodele Fayose had powers to set up a commission of inquiry without the prompting of the state’s House of Assembly. 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