PDP says it will respect all court decisions

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has restated its readiness to abide by all competent court decisions in line with its cardinal objectives as a law abiding political party. It however warned its members against frivolous court actions capable of retarding the progress of the Party.
 
“The Peoples Democratic Party will continue to uphold the rule of law and shall at all times respect reliefs granted its members by competent courts. However, we wish to make it abundantly clear to all our members that such reliefs must have the backings of the mandatory levels of the nation’s judicial process as required by law and the Party shall exercise its right of appeal to the highest court in the land.”  
 
Arising from its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting, the Party said it has taken note of the various legal actions instituted by some of its members against the outcome of the last congresses in some states and geopolitical zones and warned it will only implement decisions that have passed through all judicial processes as required by law even as it advised members to be guided by the constitutional provisions in this respect.
 
NWC’s decision is probably the outcome of a decision by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos Wednesday which sacked the party’s National Auditor, Bode Mustapha.
 
Justice Archibong, presiding on the matter brought by Fatai Adewole Adeyanju, held that Mr. Mustapha, who was appointed during the last national congress of the PDP in Abuja on March 24, is not qualified for the office.
 
“Mustapha, who is not a valid nominee nor could he have been validly elected for the office of the National Auditor of the PDP zoned to Ogun State in accordance with the Constitution of the party because he is not qualified as an accountant or nominated at the state congress of the party conducted by the Soremi-led Harmonised Executive Committee,” the Judge said.
 
He therefore, ordered National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and National Secretary,  Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to recognize Mr. Adeyanju, as the party’s National Auditor, “being a qualified  chartered accountant  and nominated for the office at the state congress of the party in Ogun State”.
 
When contacted, Mr. Metuh informed Premium Times that Mr. Mustapha remains the national nuditor of party because the NWC would appeal the court judgement.
 
“Our position is clear based on the press statement we issued, we will only respect a decision if all judicial processes are exhausted,” he said.
 
The NWC meeting which reviewed the progress of the Party since the inception of its new leadership in March also urged PDP members to explore the Party’s internal conflict resolution mechanism so as to engender progress in the Party.

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