Oyinlola’s suspension in order, PDP insists

Ex-Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola

 The PDP said it acted right in suspending Mr. Oyinlola and two others.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has insisted that the suspension of the reinstated national secretary of the party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, is in accordance with the provisions of the party’s constitution as amended.

Mr. Oyinlola had Wednesday challenged his suspension by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, saying the action was contrary to the provisions section 57 of the PDP constitution which empowered only the National Executive Committee, NEC, to sanction erring national officers.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, said sub-section (3) of section 57 of the party’s constitution empowers the NWC, to suspend anybody at the national level and to refer the matter to the disciplinary committee for any further action if necessary.

Mr. Metuh quoted Article 57 (3) of the constitution, which states that, “The Working Committee, at any level of the party, and the executive committee (at the Ward Level) may, after preliminary hearings, suspend a member from the party for a period not exceeding one month, during which period the member so suspended shall lose his right of contest any election, and shall be referred
to the appropriate Disciplinary Committee”.

He said the powers of the NWC to suspend a national officer are reinforced by the provisions of Article 29 (2b) which provides that “In case of emergency, act on behalf
of the National Executive Committee subject to ratification by the National Executive Committee”.

Mr. Metuh described claims by Mr. Oyinlola and two other members of the Abubakar Baraje faction that their suspension is ‘mischievous’ “as a selective reading of our constitution”.

The PDP spokesperson accused members of the Baraje faction of suffering from selective amnesia.
He recalled that as the national secretary of the party in 2010 Mr. Baraje personally signed the press statement suspending former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, a member of PDP national executive committee, and other key officers of the PDP Reform Forum when they were clamouring for the reform of the party.

He also recalled that Mr. Oyinlola and Sam Jaja who were national secretary and
deputy national chairman of the party were part of the officials that on sat on November 13, 2012 and approved the suspension of the incumbent National Vice Chairman, North East, Girigiri Lawal.

He added that Mr. Jaja was also present at the 3307 NWC meeting of May 27, where a decision was taken to suspend Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state who is also a member of the National Executive Committee.

Mr. Metuh said that as at Thursday, the party has still not been served with the ruling of the Court of Appeal which last Wednesday upturned the sack of Mr. Oyinlola.

He said it would be out of place for anyone to expect the party to go to the court to beg to be given or served the court judgment.

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