By Ehi Ekhator
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the National Secretary of PDP has said that it is wise he react to the announcement made by the Tukur-led PDP on his suspension.
In a press statement released to NAIJA CENTER NEWS, NCN through email, Prince Oyinlola alleged that only supreme court can remove him as the National Secretary of the party, and added that the decision is clearly out to ridicule the judiciary, denigrate the rule of law and destroy the very basic foundation of constitutionalism in our country
Below is the excerpt
According to him, only supreme court can remove him as the National Secretary of PDP and not
THE PREMEDITATED CHARADE OF PDP NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE:
Gentlemen of the press,
The PDP and my humble self appealed that judgement. Surprisingly, the PDP, which was vicariously liable for my actions as National Secretary almost immediately, and without any reason or justification, withdrew its appeal. I was requested to pursue my appeal and report back if my petition lodged at the Court of Appeal succeeded. From then on, I patiently and diligently pursued my case at the Appeal Court which, a few days ago, upturned the Federal High Court verdict and re-validated my mandate as the validly elected PDP National Secretary. I expected the party to abide by that judgment.
As to Tukur’s NWC suspending me so as to preclude me from enjoying the relief granted me by the Court of Appeal , I wish to shock them by informing them of the futility of their action. They should have been diligent enough to read section 57 (7) of our party’s constitution. It states: “Notwithstanding any other provision relating to discipline, no Executive Committee at any level, except the National Executive Committee, shall entertain any question of discipline as may relate or concern a member of the National Executive Committee, Deputy Governors or members of the National Assembly…” That is what our constitution says. I am a member of the NEC and so Tukur’s NWC can only submit a complaint to NEC concerning me or any other member of the party listed above.
I do not want to believe that there is no one in Tukur’s NWC knowledgeable in the provisions of the party’s constitution and in the operation of the rule of law. I would rather hold on to the belief that the rush to subvert the rule of law and mock our judicial system simply blinded the hawks in that NWC to what the law says.
In saying all the above, gentlemen of the press, I am reminding Tukur’s NWC that the import of the court of Appeal judgement and having been empowered by the constitution of our party, I remain the undisputed National Secretary of the PDP. If they are so determined to discipline me for whatever wrong they perceive, they should report me to the National Executive Committee of the party. There is no short-cut to it as long as the party’s acts and conducts are governed by its own constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is the ground norm.
I also invite their attention to section 36(a-e) of the PDP constitution which spells out the powers and duties of the National Secretary. I hope they have adverted their minds to the consequences of having illegal persons performing those functions and exercising such powers in clear breach of the law. The only person who can legitimately exercise those functions today and unless the Supreme Court says otherwise is Olagunsoye Oyinlola. I hope and pray they know.Gentlemen of the press, while I thank you for honouring my invitation to this briefing, I urge you to tell Nigerians to ask Alhaji Tukur and his cohorts what offence Oyinlola has committed against them to warrant the undisguised persecution and harassment? I have not offended them in anyway. Instead, I spent my days in Wadata Plaza, pursuing the peace, orderliness, progress and cohesion of the party at all levels, while not losing sight of the dictates of the law. Even Alhaji Tukur is a witness to my efforts in this regard. Why and how things got this bad in the party is what I cannot fathom. I, however, advise that in executing whatever plan they may have against Oyinlola, they should spare the judiciary of the ridicule such as the ambush of last Monday, which they clearly designed to short-shrift the decision of the Court of Appeal. I am a law-abiding citizen and will always submit to the law. That was why I appealed Justice Kafarati’s verdict. I urge my traducers to also endeavour to have faith in the law and in the judiciary. If they are not satisfied with what the Court of Appeal said on Oyinlola, they have the Supreme Court to approach.