The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried indiscipline among its members, especially arising from the spate of suits instituted against the party, some of which are still pending in courts.
The party expressed worry in a statement issued in Abuja and made available to The Tide On Sunday and reminded members of the consequences of their actions while warning them to desist from dragging the party into disrepute with their anti-party activities.
The statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Prof Rufai Ahmed-Alkali drew all members’ attention to Article 21.1 (1) of the party’s constitution which makes it an offence for a member to sue the party without exhausting all internal mechanisms aimed at providing solution to all nagging issues at stake.
The statement reads: “The Peoples Democratic Party has observed with utter dismay recent cases of gross indiscipline by some party members in some state chapters of the party. PDP is particularly disturbed by the plethora of unwarranted and misguided court cases instituted by PDP members against the party which are aimed at derailing the cohesion and smooth administration of the party.
The party wishes to once again remind all members nationwide of the provisions of the PDP Constitution in Article 2 1.1 (I) which emphatically prohibits members from taking the party to court under whatever guise without first exhausting the internal mechanisms for seeking
Since the current National Working Committee assumed office in March 2008, we have opened channels of communication and encouraged dialogue among party members with the objective of providing a level playing field for all”.
Party members will also recall the resolutions of the 48th National Executive Committee meeting where the NWC was mandated to henceforth initiate disciplinary procedures on any member who brings the party to contempt and ridicule. It is imperative that all members exercise restraint and utilize available channels of redress within the Party rather than a hasty resort to the courts.
In furtherance of our desire to ensure that the party’s laid down rules are strictly observed and in order to safeguard the integrity and cohesion of our party, the party shall henceforth take decisive disciplinary action against any erring member who fails to follow our constitutional means of seeking redress.
In the meantime, the party hereby directs all those individuals who have taken the Party to Court on flimsy grounds to withdraw those cases immediately or face the maximum sanctions prescribed by our Constitution. Those who wish to remain bonafide members of our Party must obey our own rules.
For further emphasis, the party shall wield the big stick on any member, no matter how highly placed who chooses to distract our focus from building a united, cohesive and disciplined political Party whose ultimate objective is not just to win elections but also to work for the good of the people of this great country”
Kano Tribunal Judgment, Slap On Constitutionalism, Rule Of Law -NNPP
The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has described the judgment of the Kano State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that nullified the election of Governor Abba Kabiru Yusuff as a slap in the face of constitutionalism and the rule of law.
In a signed statement made available to newsmen by its acting national chairman, Abba Kawu Ali, the NNPP said its candidate won convincingly in the March 18, 2023, election, which it described as free, credible, and globally acclaimed as a fair election.
He said the pronouncement of the 3-man tribunal is laughable and a pure miscarriage of justice, which is capable of eroding the confidence of the electorate in the judiciary.
He, however, called on the party’s supporters across Nigeria to remain calm as the party will appeal the tribunal’s judgement.
“The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) receives with utter incredulity and disbelief the judgment of the Kano State Election Petition Tribunal on the March 18, 2023, Governorship Election.
“The reported judgement nullified the free, credible, and globally acclaimed fair election of our gubernatorial candidate, Engr. Abba Kabiru Yusuf, and brazenly awarded the election to the APC candidate, Nasiru Gawuna.
“The Tribunal arrived at this unjust judgment by unfairly subtracting 165,663 votes from the governor’s tally to enable it to unfairly award the result to the candidate of the ruling APC.
“In doing so, the tribunal obviously affirms its belief that the vote tally of the APC candidate was sacrosanct.
“The judgment of the 3-man Kano State Governorship Election Petition is laughable and nothing but a pure miscarriage of justice.
“The decision of the Tribunal is a slap in the face of constitutionalism and the rule of law and is capable of further discouraging the electorate from having confidence in the judiciary.
“The NNPP recalls with regret that this Tribunal has simply replayed the unholy script of 2019 by overturning the will of the people and awarding results to those who evidently lost the election.
“The NNPP will appeal this most unfair judgement.
We call on millions of our supporters in Kano and in the rest of the country to remain calm and maintain peace. A lopsided judgment cannot stand on the altar of justice”, he said.
Ondo Assembly Moves To Impeach Dep Gov
Indications emerged on Wednesday, that members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have commenced the process of impeaching the state Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
This is coming following an emergency plenary session summoned by the House of Assembly on Wednesday, with heavy presence of security men at the Assembly gate.
The Tide source gathered that at least 23 lawmakers have already appended their signatures, supporting the impeachment notice against Aiyedatiwa.
A source disclosed that the Deputy Governor is under investigation for alleged gross misuse of office and might be eased out of office through impeachment.
According to the source, trouble started when Aiyedatiwa reportedly approved the sum of N300 million for the purchase of a bulletproof SUV for his personal use.
The source said the approval was allegedly given while the state Governor was recuperating in Germany and it was approved without the knowledge of the governor.
He said the Deputy Governor further complicated matters when he ordered that the N300 million should be sourced from the Palliative fund.
He said “This fund, provided by the Federal government, was intended to support states in addressing the needs of their citizens.”
The source said the impeachment proceedings underscore the Assembly’s commitment to accountability, even at the highest levels of state governance.
Further developments in this case were being awaited as the situation continued to unfold.
Bauchi Tribunal Upholds Gov Mohammed’s Election
The Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the victory of Governor Bala Mohammed in the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
Delivering the judgment on Wednesday, Chairman of the three-man panel of the Tribunal, Justice P.T Kwahar, dismissed the petition of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakr (rtd), who challenged result of the election.
The tribunal held that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of non-compliance with the Electoral Act, electoral irregularities as well as bypass of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (B-VAS) machines in some polling units of Toro, Dass, Zaki, Itas-Gadau, Alkaleri, Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, Ningi, Dambam and Ganjuwa Local Government Areas.The Tribunal held that there was no tangible evidence to show that the BVAS was truly manipulated.The judge explained that the witnesses brought by the petitioner presented evidence based on hearsay as they were not present at the polling units, “they have failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the APC candidate won the election.”
“This court therefore returns the second respondent as the elected governor of Bauchi state by the first respondent in the conduct of the governorship election of the 18th of March, 2023,” he held.
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