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PDP CRISIS: The Issues, Myth, Facts, And Way Forward

BY PRINCE DAYO ADEYEYE

Gentlemen of the Press, thank you for joining us and good afternoon.

Again, we have called you here after ten days of addressing you on the happenings in the Party following the recent Court of Appeal Judgment in Port Harcourt on the 17th of February, 2017. At the present, there are more disturbing issues in our great Party, the PDP, which may forestall all efforts by stakeholders towards the reconciliation process and consequent rebuilding of the PDP to take its pride of place as the Major Voice of Opposition Party in the Country.

(2).Firstly, let us remind the public of our earlier calls on Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to stop parading himself as Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the Judgment of an Abuja High Court delivered by Justice Valentine Ashi on June 29, 2016 in which the Court nullified the 2014 Amendment to the PDP Constitution that produced Senator Sheriff as Acting National Chairman of the PDP. This Judgment was never appealed by Senator Sheriff and the time frame stipulated by law for the Appeal has elapsed; and as such, the Judgment subsists. It is interesting to note that Senator Sheriff is very much aware of the binding implication of the Subsisting Judgment on his ‘status’ as National Chairman because we have been reliably informed that he is now seeking leave of Court to appeal the Judgment but unfortunately, time is against this later move. So, he is an illegal National Chairman.

(3). Secondly, in another Judgment delivered on August 17, 2016 by Justice Nwamaka Ogbonnaya of the FCT High Court in Abuja re-affirmed the ‘Sack’ of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party on the ground that the Judgment of Justice Valentine Ashi which nullified his appointment has not been set aside or vacated and therefore it’s subsisting. Justice Ogbonnaya further held that all actions taken by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff are null, void and of no effect; and the Order further restrained him from parading himself as the Acting National Chairman of the Party. Once again, he is currently an illegal Acting National Chairman given the decisions the Courts, the Constitution of the PDP, decision of the National Convention coupled with his act of break and entry into the National Secretariat of our great Party, Wadata Plaza.

(4). Thirdly to buttress the above, the general public will also recall that the Judgment of the Appeal Court, Port Harcourt Division of Friday February 17, 2017 that nullified the National convention of May 21, 2016 limits itself solely on the legality or otherwise of the National Convention of May 21st, 2016 and not on the legality or otherwise of the Appointment of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the Acting National Chairman of the PDP.

(5).Fourthly this Man, Sheriff and his co-travelers are in defiant of the Court of Appeal Judgment which they seem to enjoy. For emphasis, the Judgment declared Status Quo Ante May 21, 2016; and Senator Sheriff is in gross violation of it having appointed persons from the comfort of his bedroom to fill purported vacancies. Article 47(6) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Constitution (As Amended in 2012) provides processes to follow in such situation, “Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the Party, the Executive Committee at the appropriate level shall appoint another person from the area or zone where the officer originated from, pending the conduct of election to fill the vacancy.” Following this fact, Senator Sheriff is also functioning illegally at the National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza with only three NWC officers. The quorum of the NWC is two third – that is, eight (08) members. See Article 29(4) PDP Constitution.

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