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Court declares Kashamu’s suspension from PDP illegal

An Abuja High Court has declared the suspension of Senator Buruji Kashamu from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as illegal.

Kashamu represents Ogun East Senatorial District of Ogun State at the National Assembly.

The presiding judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, said the suspension was carried out when a legal action had been filed in court.

When the matter came up for hearing, on Wednesday, Justice Ashi, in a brief ruling, declared the suspension of Kashamu as illegal.

He also described the action of the party as contemptuous.

Consequently, the court held that the status quo must be maintained by parties in the matter until the suit was determined.

The court had fixed February 22 for hearing of the case.

However, at a resumed hearing of the matter, Kashamu’s counsel, Charles Ndukwe, informed the court that despite the pendency of the suit, the PDP went ahead to suspend the senator.

He then prayed for an order of court striking out or setting aside the suspension.

The PDP, before its national convention on December 9, 2017, had suspended Kashamu for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.

Last December, a Federal High Court in Abuja had struck out a suit filed by Kashamu to prevent the PDP from taking disciplinary measures against him.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, who heard the case, upheld the party’s objection which challenged the competence and validity of the suit filed by the senator.

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