PDP Crisis: Sheriff Camp Insists He Remains Party Chairman

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) crisis may deepen as the Ali Modu Sheriff’s camp is set to initiate contempt proceedings against the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi at the Federal High Court in Lagos, it was learnt Tuesday.

The party’s National Secretary Prof Wale Oladipo and Deputy National Legal Adviser Bashir Maidugu said the caretaker committee remains illegal and lack powers to run PDP’s affairs.

Sheriff, Oladipo and National Auditor Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju had obtained an order of interlocutory injunction restraining PDP from conducting any election into the offices of the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor which they occupy, pending the hearing and determination of their substantive suit pending before Justice Ibrahim Buba.

But, while the order was subsisting and the suit pending, the caretaker committee was appointed.

Oladipo, in a statement Tuesday, described the caretaker committee as a group of lawbreakers.

According to him, it was “very wrong” for the committee to take over PDP’s headquarters (also known as Wadata House).

He said: “Sherrif is out of the country and will be back tomorrow (today). The law breakers are in Wadata deceiving themselves. The law will take its course in the next one week.”

Maidugu said the caretaker committee was acting in defiance of subsisting court orders.

“It should be noted that the orders granted by the Federal High Court in Lagos has not been vacated and no appeal has been determined on same. There is an enforcement order granted by the FCT High Court in pursuance of her judgment of the 18th of May 2016

“The Makarfi committee is simply illegal. It was constituted in violation of the two high court rulings,” he said.

Sheriff and Oladipo, through their lawyer Ajibola Oluyede, yesterday sought to move their motion to set aside the order made by Justice M. Liman of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt on May 23, which recognised the caretaker committee.

They are also praying the court to strike out PDP as plaintiff because the caretaker committee lacks the powers to invoke the party’s corporate personality. The defendants are also challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

According to Oluyede, the proceedings were stalled because the plaintiff was not ready with a response to the three applications, which he said were served on them five days ago.

The motion to discharge the order was filed on May 26 and will lapse Thursday (June 9).

Oluyede said the “invasion” of the PDP national headquarters Tuesday by “the illegitimate caretaker committee is an illegality” and will be brought to Justice Buba’s attention when the case comes up Thursday.

The case before Justice Liman was adjourned till June 16 for hearing of all applications and the originating summons.

Sheriff, in a statement Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media, Inuwa Bwala, said: “Our attention has been drawn to the activities at the National secretariat of the PDP to the effect that some individuals masquerading as leaders have handed over to Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi under a contraption called ‘caretaker committee’.

“We state as a matter of fact that going by proceedings still pending in the courts to the effect that Senator Ali Sheriff remains the National Chairman, whatever transpired was null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

“Sheriff has not mandated anybody, nor was his authority obtained by Uche Secondus, who has been parading himself as acting on behalf of the National Chairman.

“While we await the verdicts of the courts, we wish to state that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is and remains the National Chairman of the party, until otherwise declared by the courts.

“We allowed the charade to go on at the secretariat without any form of challenge in strict obedience to careful pronouncement on the matter, but we must also state that there is no gathering of groups or individuals, however powerful, such groups or individuals may be, that can be said to take precedence over the law.

“For the avoidance of doubts, we state categorically that what took place at the PDP secretariat on Tuesday June 7, 2016 was a total disregard to court orders and an extension of the impunity for which the party has been accused of and which has taken the party to where it is today. The public should disregard all the actions and pronouncements.”

[The Nation]

PDP Cancels Southwest Zonal Congress Billed For Tomorrow

The South West zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, scheduled for tomorrow has being cancelled by the party’s national leadership.

Speaking with the Punch on Friday in Abuja, the National Secretary of the party, Professor Wale Oladipo said the party was recalling its officers already sent to Akure, the Ondo State capital, venue of the congress.

He said the decision to stop the congress was due to an order by Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos restraining the party from going ahead with its zonal congress.

Justice Buba had on Thursday refrained the party from conducting zonal congress due to an ex parte application brought before him by the incumbent PDP South-West Zonal Secretary, Chief ‘Pegba Otemolu, Oladipo said.

Oladipo stressed that in view of the court order, the party is forced to cancel its zonal congresses billed to hold in Ondo and Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State.

He said, “We are a law-abiding party. I have been served the court order and as a respondent in the case, I’m telling you that we are not going to flout the order of the court.

“I’m also aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission will also not be at the congress.

“As a matter of fact, we are withdrawing our officers who have been sent to conduct the congress. We will stay action on it until the case if determined by the court.”

PDP Now Sounds Like A Broken Record – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed surprise at the way opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP keeps blaming its internal crisis APC National Secretary,Mai Mala Buni  said in a statement Wednesday  that his party marvels at  how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continues to blame everyone but itself for its self-inflicted problems which has led to the sorry state the PDP finds itself.

He recalled that PDP’s National Secretary, Wale Oladipo was quoted as having  said  that some PDP members were being “used by the APC, to draw political capital from the present challenges facing our party [PDP].” What could be funnier than such silly and unfounded allegation?

APC  said “The PDP now sounds like a broken record with its daily conspiracy theories blaming external forces and unseen hands for its electoral misfortunes, in-fighting and mind-boggling corruption charges and on-going probe of some PDP leaders and the immediate-past PDP-led administration.

“The question begging for answers is: Why does the PDP choose to grope in the dark while reality stares it in the face? Did the PDP not know that it will one day pay for the impunity, recklessness and shocking mis-management of the country’s common wealth perpetuated under its watch for 16 years?

Buni said “For the record, the APC has no hand in the in-fighting and resultant implosion being witnessed in PDP’s hierarchy. Perhaps the wind of Change has blown through the PDP camp and many PDP members realise the need to embrace and enforce change.

The APC reiterated  “that PDP members who are genuinely inspired by the APC-led administration are welcome to the APC fold. It is their right to abandon a sinking ship and join one that is smooth-sailing.”