PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur
Crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) to replace the South-west Zonal Executive of the party with a Caretaker Committee, removal of the National Auditor, Chief Bode Mustapha, and recognition of the Chief Adebayo Dayo-led executive committee as the “authentic” one in Ogun State have taken another dimension with the National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, and other members of the party’s NWC to rescind their decision within seven days or face criminal contempt.
The letter titled: 'Purported removal from office of the National Auditor and the dissolution of South-west Zonal Executive Committee of the PDP', was dated February 18 and signed by counsel to Mustapha, Mr. Gboyega Oyewole, and received yesterday on behalf of the NWC by the National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon.
The letter read inter alia: “We have the instruction of our client to request for a reversal of the said decision, which should also be given adequate publicity within seven days of the date hereof failing which our client shall take further steps in protecting the pending judicial processes and the constitution of the party.
“It is our fervent hope that the reversal will be effected to avoid the unpleasant consequences of a proceeding in criminal contempt which will be instituted against your good self before the Court of Appeal among several other options open to our client.”
While also pointing out that dissolution of the South-west zonal executive committee based on the Court judgment being relied on by the NWC also invalidate the national convention of the party, Oyewole said: “It should be borne in mind that if indeed the South-west congress was illegal, the delegates who participated at the national convention and by extension, the election of the NWC is therefore invalid. This without doubt, will affect your office and the offices of the other members of the NWC.”
The letter read further: “There is a subsisting Order of stay of Execution or further Execution of the judgment delivered by Hon. Justice C. E Archibong, which recognised Shoremi-led executive. The effect of this is that Shoremi-led executive was truncated and became incapable of conducting any election not to mention conducting an election to purportedly elect Chief Bayo Dayo, and his team.
“All applications for Committal for contempt were also effectively stayed by the Court of Appeal Ruling of 25th June, 2012. “The substantive Appeal in Appeal No: CA/L/38/12 is still pending before the Court of Appeal, Lagos.