nPDP Crisis: Baraje, Oyinlola, Others To Face PDP Disciplinary Committee


 The National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has extended an invitation to four members suspended on the grounds of engaging in anti- party activities to appear before it.

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This was contained in a statement by the Deputy National Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Onwe S. Onwe.

Onwe, noted that the persons, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Amb. Ibrahim Kazaure, have been invited to explain their role(s) on “the 31st August 2013 at the Special National Convention of the Party at the Eagle Square, Abuja” where they “staged a walk-out in a manner contrary to Section 58 (1) (b) (g) and (h) of the Constitution”.

Other charges they are to answer include;

A.      On the 2nd day of September 2013, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola filed suit No. ID/704/2013 against the legitimate Party leadership at the High Court of Lagos State without first pursuing the internal remedies of the party contrary to Section 58(1) (L) of the Constitution;

B.       Since 31st August, 2013, the persons mentioned above have granted interviews and made statements in the print and electronic media not only disparaging the National Chairman and other national leaders of the party, but also unduly publicizing disputes/differences within the party, even in the face of the great restraint demonstrated by the National Chairman and other national leaders against whom their calumny is targeted; this, clearly, contravenes Section 58(1)(i) of the Constitution;

C.      On 1st and 23rd September, 2013, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola wrote two letters to INEC requesting the Commission to recognize the persons above mentioned as the National Working Committee of the party, even in the face of the National Convention held on 24th March, 2012 and 31st August, 2013. This, also clearly, contravenes Section 58(1)(b)(h)(i) and (j) of the Constitution of the Party;

D.       Since 31st August 2013, the above mentioned persons have consistently maintained that they are of the “New PDP (nPDP)” thereby promoting factionalization of the Party, and in doing so, recruiting to their ranks members of the party in the National Assembly contrary to Section 58(1)(b)(i) and (j) of the Constitution.

The statement noted that “In keeping with Section 57(4) of the People’s Democratic Party Constitution, the National Disciplinary Committee has since informed the affected persons of the allegations”.

The affected members of the party have been invited to present their case(s) at the Legacy House on the 27th November 2013 by 12 noon.

The statement further added that the affected persons have been given the opportunity to either “present their cases in person or in writing” adding that “they may wish to call witnesses”.



Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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