The embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Mijinyawa Kugama, alongside his 29-member executive yesterday lost their bid to retain their offices in the party.
The High Court presided over by the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Umar Bobboi, had struck out the case brought before it by Kugama and his executive challenging the dissolution by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party due to lack of jurisdiction to adjudicate the case.
Bobboi said section 6 sub-sections 6 of the 1999 Constitution stated that if there is evidence that the right of a person is violated then the court could assume jurisdiction, but stated that the plaintiff’s right in this regard was not violated at all.
He also ruled that the question of the plaintiff were politically-related which, therefore, meant that it was only the political parties that could answer the questions.
Bobboi said all the parties involved were all members of the same political party, which meant that they ought to respect the laws and rules of the party.
“This court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain this case, the case is hereby struck out and hence, the order of injunction given before is now vacated,” he said.
Following the verdict of the court ruled in favour of the NWC, the chairman of the state PDP caretaker committee, Alhaji Umar Damagun, told journalists at the party’s secretariat in Yola, that the committee had taken over the mantle of leadership of the party in the state.
Damagun also stated that the committee would administer the affairs of the party with fairness and on a level play ground for all the PDP members in the state in all party affairs.
“I seize this opportunity to assure all and sundry that we as members of the caretaker committee will exert ourselves to the utmost to succeed in our mission of laying a fair and level playing ground for every member of the party in all party affairs throughout Adamawa State,” he said.
The chairman of caretaker committee disclosed that they wished to achieve their mission through internal participation democracy and create institutional collaboration and cooperation within the party structures from the ward, local government to the state levels.
“We therefore call upon all members of the party, government and security agencies to cooperate with the committee to give this party a new lease of life in the state,” he added.
According to him, the committee would create a structural working relationship which would recognise stakeholders of the state and establish both local government and ward caretaker committees in full consultations with various local government stakeholders.