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5 PDP South/West Chairmen support Jonathan, sue INEC, PDM, Others

As the PDP crisis deepens, five South-West PDP chairmen have asked a court to order INEC to de-register Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, as a political party, claiming that the party was being fronted by the factional chairman, Kawu Baraje and factional secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, with the aim of destroying the ruling party.
The PDP chairmen have filed the suit at an Abuja Federal High Court.
The Chairmen, from Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo states want the court to determine whether by the combined effect of section 224 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), paragraph 15 of the 3rd schedule to the constitution and section 78 (5) &(7) of the Electoral act 2010, INEC can validly register PDM as a political party when the patent purpose for which such registration was sought was to destabilise the PDP.
The politicians also want the court to determine whether by the combined effect of paragraph 15 of the 3rd schedule to the Constitution , section 86 of the Electoral Act 2010 and Article 16(1) of the Constitution of the PDP, INEC can accord any recognition to Baraje and Oyinlola as national officers of the PDP especially when they are at the same time promoters of PDM only to facilitate the dememberment of the PDP to populate the PDM.
The applicants are therefore seeking a declaration of the court that the only purpose for which PDM was set up is to destabilize the PDP and thereby cause, facilitate or allow factionalisation, disunity and disharmony in the party.
They also want the court to order INEC to conceal the registration of PDM as a political party in Nigeria and withdraw the certificate of registration issued to the party.
The applicants further urged the court for a perpetual injunction restraining PDM from continuing to parade themselves as leaders or national officers of the PDP.
In a 33 -paragraph affidavit in support of the suit, deposed to by the Ogun State Chairman of the PDP, Adebayo Dayo, the applicants claimed that no public notice of the application as a political party by the PDM of INEC’s intention to register the party was given.
They also stated that the PDM as a known political association has no offices in the 36 states of the federation as required by the constitution and has no members known to the public or to INEC apart from some card carrying members of the PDP.
The applicants also averred that the tenure of Baraje as acting national chairman expired on March 2011 and that Oyinlola was removed as the National secretary of the PDP by a court judgment on the 11th of January 2013.

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