The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday took on its court-reinstated National Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, over his claim that his suspension, along with that of three others, breached the party's constitution.
Oyinlola, a former PDP acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and Vice-Chairman (North-west) Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure, were suspended on Monday for anti-party activities.
Oyinlola, at a press conference on Wednesday, faulted the action, which he said, violated section 57 (7) of the PDP constitution.
Reacting to his claim, the party yesterday said the disciplinary action taken against the trio, who were members of a splinter group in the PDP, was in order.
It quoted the party’s constitution and precedents to justify its action.
It referred to the suspension of a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Masari and other members of the PDP Reform Group, to buttress the propriety of its action.
PDP, at a press conference addressed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, said contrary to Oyinlola's claim, the National Working Committee (NWC) has the powers to suspend members at national level. He cited section 57 (3) to justify the action.
He added that the NWC could also take actions or act on behalf of National Executive Committee (NEC) as contained in Article 29 (2b) of the PDP constitution.
Metuh also said it was the same constitutional provisions that were used to suspend Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi and the National Vice-Chairman of the party for North-east, Alhaji Lawal Girigiri, for anti-party activities.
He explained that Oyinlola was the national secretary when Girigiri was suspended and that Jaja was the deputy national chairman when Amaechi was suspended, adding that there would be no selective interpretation of the PDP constitution.
According to him, “There is only one PDP constitution and when you contravene it, then you must face the full wrath of the law. There is one constitution and one law.”
Metuh also said as at the time of the press conference, the party was yet to be served the Court of Appeal order for the reinstatement of Oyinlola.
On why other party members like the seven governors and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who were also members of the New PDP were not sanctioned like Oyinlola and others, he said the PDP was considering other options for ‘other brothers’ who committed anti-party activities.