PDP, Oyinlola, Shift Battle For Supremacy To INEC

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oyinlola12_0The battle of supremacy between the Peoples Democratic Party and its National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has been shifted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Following a letter by Oyinlola to the commission yesterday notifying it about the Court of Appeal judgement that reinstated him to his position, the party sent a letter to the same commission today informing it that Oyinlola and three other persons have been suspended from the party.

The others “suspended” are Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and Amb. Ibrahim Kazaure.

The National Working Committee letter, signed by party Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and dated November 12, 2013 comes one week after the pronouncement of the Court of Appeal.  It accuses the four men of engaging in anti-party activities in violation of the provisions of the PDP Constitution.

In his letter, Oyinlola reminded the electoral commission that as a consequence of the decision of the Federal High Court last January, the commission struck his name off its register and other documents as the party’s National Secretary.

“Following the nullification of the above stated judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which is a superior court of competent jurisdiction, which also ruled that I was wrongfully removed from office as PDP National Secretary, this correspondence serves to inform you of my decision to continue to perform my duties as the validly elected National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party,” he said.  “Your records would reveal that I was validly elected into office as National Secretary at the national convention of PDP held on Saturday March 24, 2012.”

He therefore requested the commission take note of this latest development and reflect it accordingly in compliance with the court judgement of November 6, 2013.

“A copy of the judgement is attached for your attention and further necessary action, please. Kindly note that in compliance with the constitution of the PDP, I am expected to sign all official correspondences emanating from the PDP national secretariat, to the Independent National Electoral Commission, in my capacity as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party.”

Oyinlola’s letter to INEC:

NOTIFICATION OF RE-INSTATEMENT AS NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY”, read  “I present to you my very warm and sincere compliments.

“As you may be aware, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division has nullified the January 11, 2013 judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja which removed me from office as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).. The directive of the court was implemented by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which consequently struck out my name off its register and other documents, as the National Secretary of the PDP.

“Following the nullification of the above stated judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which is a superior court of competent jurisdiction, which also ruled that I was wrongfully removed from office as PDP National Secretary, this correspondence serves to inform you of my decision to continue to perform my duties as the validly elected National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party. Your records would reveal that I was validly elected into office as National Secretary at the national convention of PDP held on Saturday March 24, 2012.

“You are requested to kindly note this development and reflect it accordingly in your records, in compliance with the court judgement delivered on Wednesday November 06, 2013.

“A copy of the judgement is attached for your attention and further necessary action, please. Kindly note that in compliance with the constitution of the PDP, I am expected to sign all official correspondences emanating from the PDP national secretariat, to the Independent National Electoral Commission, in my capacity as the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“While thanking you for your attention, please accept the assurances of my warmest regards and best wishes.”