PDP orders aggrieved members to withdraw all court cases against the party or face sanctions

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

The strongest opposition party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has directed all its members that filed court cases against the party to withdraw them immediately or face sanctions.

Diran Odeyemi, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, stated this on Thursday.

According to the party the many cases against it by its members is inimical to the successes recorded by the PDP in the last few years.

“We consider it inimical to our progress as a vibrant political party the myriad of cases instituted against PDP by members who are expected to be part of the concerted efforts towards being the ruling party in Nigeria,” he said.

“We can’t continue to struggle under the yoke of needless litigations when we intend to return to power both at federal level and in other states that are out of control of PDP at the moment,” he added.

“We are monitoring situations in Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Lagos and other states across the country regarding court matters instituted by our members,” he noted, adding that the PDP National Executive Council has decided to sanction any member no matter how highly placed he is, who through court cases constitute themselves as a cog in the wheel of the party’s progress.

All aggrieved party members would get justice through the PDP internal mechanism and not through court, the party said.

Few days ago, an Abuja Federal High Court disqualified Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the Osun State Governorship Election, held in September 2018 over his qualification.

Contesting the position of a governor requires a minimum of Secondary School Certificate. The court said that Adeleke does not have the minimum qualification required and consequently is not eligible to contest the position.

Adeleke who is a serving senator was recently declared winner of the election by the Osun Election Petitions Tribunal.

The senator is however not only faced with the challenges of recovering his mandate from the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, who was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but also the contest of who is the actual candidate of the PDP in the September election.

Akin Ogunbiyi, a former Osun governorship aspirant, who contested for the PDP ticket with Senator Ademola, is suspected to be behind the recent court ruling against him.

Mr. Ogunbiyi had however since denied involvement in the recent judgment against Adeleke.

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