by Segun Odeleye
The factional Peoples Democratic Party (new PDP) has described the suspension of Abubakar Baraje, Sam Sam Jaja, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Ibrahim Kazaure by the Bamanga Tukur led NWC as “barbaric, unacceptable, undemocratic and abuse of PDP constitution.”
In a statement by the publicity secretary of the faction, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze in Abuja on Monday, the faction said that the suspension of the men is a “flagrant abuse of the PDP Constitution; Article 57 subsections 7 and 8 which states that ‘Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution relating to discipline, no Executive Committee at any level except NEC shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the NEC, Public Officer Holder i.e. Ministers, Ambassadors, Special advisers or any member of the Legislative Houses! No disciplinary Committee at any level except National Disciplinary Committee shall impose any punishment provided under Article 57 of the Constitution arising from any disciplinary on any person named in Article 57 of this Constitution.’”
The faction claimed that due to the fact that Oyinlola by his position as the incumbent National Secretary of PDP as stated by the Appeal Court and “considering the privileged positions both Kawu Baraje, Sam Jaja and Ambassador Kazaure have occupied in the party it becomes imperative and a sacrosanct fact that only the NEC of the party and not any funny NWC can suspend such calibre of members of the party as mentioned above therein and sadly for the ignoramus handling the affairs of PDP at the moment whose undemocratic acts are legendary to the continued plot to expose our party as lacking in principle should be condemned by all and sundry.”
Eze said that the suspension has exposed Tukur and “his NWC” as undemocratic, intolerant and ignorant of the PDP constitution.
“With this greatest joke of the century, Tukur and his funny NWC have only succeeded in exposing themselves not only as champion of undemocratic acts but the greatest enemies of PDP as all their actions are all geared at ensuring that peace eludes the party. Nigerians can now understand why we are hell bent of ensuring that these military mentally inclined men are removed from our political psyche if we are to enrich and uplift our democratic credentials,” Eze said.
The new PDP warned that the decision be overturned immediately and that Oyinlola must be reinstated as a matter of urgency as ordered by the Appeal Court as the National Secretary of PDP.
The faction asked INEC not to entertain any document or letter from PDP without the authorisation of Prince Oyinlola in view of the fact that he is the incumbent National Secretary of PDP fully recognised and sanctioned by a creditable court of our country.