PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh
Group seeks legal redress to enforce INEC report
By Chuks Okocha
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and those it described as bad eggs in the judiciary as part of a plot to discredit its leadership and destabilise the party.
It also expressed concern over a suit filed by Hon. Abba K. Yale, Alhaji Yahaya Aruwa Sule and Basher Maidugu at the Federal Capital Territory High Court against eight members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) for their failure to meet the constitutional requirements to stay in office as officials of the PDP.
The plaintiff in the court case are pushing for the nullification of membership of the NWC whose elections INEC rejected.
If the court order is secured, the party’s National Executive Commission (NEC) would have to convene a convention, as the four NWC members whose elections INEC recognised, cannot form a quorum to conduct the affairs of the party.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, described an INEC report that rejected the mode of election of some members of the NWC at the last PDP national convention and the lawsuit, which was triggered by the report, as part of a grand design to destabilise the party.
In the report, INEC stated: “The mode of election adopted for single candidates was not in accordance with the mode of election stipulated in paragraph 6.5(i) of the guidelines for the conduct of the year 2012 congresses and national convention and therefore not acceptable to the commission.”
The INEC report listed the election of single candidates whose election by affirmation was not acceptable to include the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja; National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha; National Youth Leader, Alhaji Garba Chiza; Deputy National Youth Leader, Dennis Alonge Niyi; Deputy National Auditor, Senator Umar Ibrahim; and Deputy National Women Leader, Hanatu Ulam.
Others are National Women Leader; Dr. Kema Chikwe; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Okechukwu Nnadozie; Deputy National Treasurer, Claudus Inengas; National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwom; and Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Binta Goje.
The report cleared only four members of the NWC: the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and PDP National Secretary Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who has been ousted by a court order; the sacked National Auditor, Bode Mustapha and the National Financial Secretary, Mr. Bolaji Anani, as duly elected.
But the party in the statement raised the red flag over what it described as “a destructive plot by certain reactionary forces working hand in glove with collaborators in INEC, to manufacture a spurious report, specifically aimed at destroying the credibility of the party's 2012 national convention which brought in the current NWC using judicial officers of questionable integrity.”
Metuh said by revisiting the 2012 national convention of the party, over a year after it was held to popular acclaim of all party members was a measure of the desperation of some politicians to achieve their selfish ambition even at the risk of destroying the PDP.
According to the statement, “Till date, the PDP remains the only political party in the country that conducts transparent internal elections which start with the ward, local government and state congresses culminating in the national convention.
“The 2012 exercise was not only unique in the level of participation of party members, but in the rancour free, sports-like attitude which various contestants exhibited.
“The current NWC since inauguration has maintained a sound working rhythm with the members and critical stakeholders – the president, the National Assembly, which the party controls, and the PDP state governors whose newly formed forum, which the party leadership engineered, is already sending cold shivers and causing collywobbles in the opposition camp.”
The statement further said with the recently concluded peace and reconciliation tour of the party’s NWC and the complementary peace initiatives by the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, “the wheel of reconciliation and progress is gradually turning full circle.
“In whose interest therefore are these system vampires fighting? In whose interest and at whose behest are these merchants of infamy laying these mines which could blow our great party sky-high?
“It is no doubt in the service of selfish interest of this tiny clique of politicians of fortune, those whose ambition must be served or the party crumbles.”
The party warned that it would not allow anti-democratic forces to either hijack the party