Security has been beefed up around the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following reports that ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, reinstated last week as national secretary of the party by the Court of Appeal, was set to resume duties.
The group of rebel governors, who are members of the Kawu Baraje-led faction of the party, had said at the end of their meeting early this morning that Mr. Oyinlola, who was also national secretary of the faction, was set to resume duties at Wadata plaza.
Perhaps to stop the former governor from gaining entry into the party secretariat, security has now been heightened around the premises.
A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who visited the secretariat an hour ago observed a large presence of security officials comprising of the Police and plain cloth operatives.
Police officers carrying automatic rifles were seen strategically positioned along the road leading to the secretariat from the popular Sky memorial plaza.
More policemen were also sighted almost covering the entire area surrounding the immediate vicinity of the secretariat on all sides.
Two Police patrol vehicles were parked directly opposite the secretariat main entrance, while two more were parked at the intersection between the secretariat and roads leading to the FCT Court complex, a few metres away
A Peugeot Expert Van was also strategically parked very closed to the main gate with all its doors open and its occupants in alert positions.
The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, had on November 6 reinstated Mr. Oyinlola as National Secretary of the ruling party.
While setting aside the January 11 judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which removed Mr. Oyinlola from office, the Court of Appeal, in the judgement read by Justice J.T Toh, held that the lower court acted in error by granting the declarative reliefs sought by the plaintiffs since the former national secretary was not a party to the suit that nullified the South West congress that produced him (Oyinlola).
It also said that Mr. Oyinlola’s right to fair hearing was infringed upon and therefore invoked Section 15 of the Court of Appeal Act in giving the judgement.
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