Justice S.B. Belgore
Chuks Okocha in Abuja
Justice S.B. Belgore of the Abuja High Court will on Monday decide the fate of the 18 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) members whose election the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that their elections were not properly conducted in line with the guidelines of the PDP convention and congresses.
Already, there is palpable fear within the PDP national secretariat over the expected court determination of the fate of the affected NWC members. This is coming against the background that President Goodluck Jonathan has refused to intervene in the suit, insisting that the judiciary should decide the suit. Also, the PDP governors are already pushing for a mini national convention to regularize the INEC report.
If the court upholds the INEC report, then, only the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur will be the only NWC member standing, a situation that makes the holding of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting inevitable.
The INEC report listed the election of the single candidates whose election by affirmation was not acceptable to it to include the deputy national chairman; Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, National Organizing Secretary; Abubakar Mustapha, National Youth Leader; Alhaji Garba Chiza, Deputy National Youth Leader, Dennis Alonge Niyi, Deputy National Auditor, Senator Umar Ibrahim, Deputy National Woman, Hanatu Ulam, National Woman Leader; Kema Chikwe, Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Okechukwu Nnadozie, Deputy National Treasurer, Claudus Inengas, National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwom, National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh and the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Binta Goje.