Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Staff of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Forum has urged on the nation’s judiciary to rescue the party from hatchet men whose intention is to decimate it.
The concerned staff appealed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the judiciary in general to rise in defense of democracy to save Nigeria from becoming a one- party state and rescue the PDP from Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his fellow undertakers.
Briefing the media yesterday at the national headquarters of the party, the staff expressed their displeasure on “the unholy and malicious activities of Sheriff in collaboration with the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the federal government to eliminate the PDP.
The forum said the APC-led federal government found in Sheriff a willing tool to destabilise the strongest opposition party in the country in order to cover up the non performance of the APC and failure to deliver on its campaign promises to Nigerians.
“It is a known fact that the internal crisis that began in our party after the May 21, 2016 National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State is now fueled and powered by the APC-led federal government using all the apparatus of state to silence our party and its leaders.
“This is in addition to the closure of the national secretariat of our party, shorting us out of office for over five months now, even when the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in July 4, 2016 ruled that the May 21, 2016 National Convention that produced the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee was legally constituted and also legitimised the committee as constitutional.”
According to the staff, the action of the APC-led administration has betrayed its strong and passionate appetite to bury the PDP
The PDP staff lamented that the APC-led federal government refused to obey the judgment of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, it was quick to obey and execute all orders or judgments ‘purchased’ by Sheriff from Justice Okon Abang’s court.
“It is unheard of for a ruling party to shutdown the secretariat of an opposition party in a democratic society under whatever guise. The continues denigration of democracy since the APC took over in May, 2015 is gradually withering all tenets of the rule of law and good governance. Nigeria today has become a laughing stock under this administration in the committee of nations.”