Reinstating Oyinlola as National Secretary causes increasing crisis in PDP

Tukur and Oyinlola

LEADERS of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seem to be setting it on the path of perdition — going by their actions.

The Court of Appeal has reinstated former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the party’s secretary, but the party has vowed that, despite the ruling, he would not be allowed to take the office. Besides, there are plans to expel Oyinlola, according to sources.

The Abubakar Baraje-led New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the leadership of the Bamanga Tukur arm of the party to facilitate Oyinlola’s assumption of office.

In a statement yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the New PDP, Chukwuemeka Eze, said with the judgment of the appellate court, the days of PDP chair Bamanga Tukur and other members of his National Working Committee (NWC)are numbered.

Eze said the court had vindicated the Kawu Baraje faction’s consistent outcry against a culture of impunity entrenched by Tukur’s faction.

The statement continued: “This is just one of the anomalies we have been complaining of that came about due to lack of internal democracy in our party.

“It was occasioned by the undemocratic elements that hijacked the structure of our party and we are relying so much on the judiciary to help us in addressing other anomalies that gave rise to our present struggle and restore hope back to our party.

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“This judgment has, once again, reinforced our belief in the judiciary as the bastion of our democracy and the last hope of the common man.

“We commend and congratulate the Judiciary for taking a firm stand on the truth in the face of the plot by some unpatriotic elements to cause confusion in the PDP, with a view to destroying this great institution which some of us have laboured for many years to build.”

Eze hoped that his group would secure victory in pending cases seeking the removal of Tukur from office and the dissolution of the NWC that he leads.

“We hope that very soon, our other court cases asking for the dissolution of the Tukur-led NWC would be given the same serious attention to enable us formally take over the reins of our party and restore it to the path of honour, justice and democratic norms, which Tukur and his cohorts have bastardised.

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“The sacking of the entire illegal NWC is, however, necessary to create room for the replacement of the current membership with patriotic party leaders, who would join Prince Oyinlola in rebuilding the party, which has suffered so much in the hands of Tukur and his co-travellers.

“The National Legal Adviser who saw to Prof. Wale Oladipo’s swearing in within 24 hours after his own court victory, should apply the same treatment to the authentic national secretary of PDP and stop portraying our party as a lawless party by attempting to delay his swearing in ceremony in obedience to a court ruling aimed at repositioning our party,” the statement added.

Oyinlola asked the party to reinstate him in compliance with the judgment.

But, the hawks in PDP have launched a subtle plot to expel Oyinlola from the party.

Oyinlola, who made his position known in a terse statement in Abuja, said the PDP should reinstate him with the same speed with which he was removed from office.

He said: “I give glory to God that my stand that I was unjustly removed has been vindicated by the Appeal Court. The position of the law and the Constitution of the PDP on this matter are very clear.

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“I don’t want to pre-empt anybody but you would remember that the PDP immediately complied with the judgment of Justice Kafarati which removed me from office, claiming to be a law-abiding organisation.

“I don’t know if there will be a variance of stand now that the appellate court has ruled in favour of Oyinlola that the Kafarati judgment was unfair and must not be allowed to stand. Let’s leave other issues for consideration as events unfold.

“This development further reinforces my belief in the fact that truth is unassailable, and that the path of truth may be long; arrival at its destination is, however, definite.”

Barely some hours after the judgment, some forces in PDP came up with “Plan B” to expel Oyinlola from the party.

It was gathered that the proposed expulsion would enable the Supreme Court to declare the PDP’s appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal as “having been overtaken by event.”


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