PDP NWC intervenes in Ogun crisis
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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party will on Tuesday meet to discuss the crisis threatening its Ogun State chapter.
Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, last week nullified all the primary elections held by the party in the state even as it ordered a fresh primary within two weeks.
This was based on a suit filed by one Segun Seriki and others who claimed to have emerged from the primary conducted by a faction of the party.
In another suit instituted by one Taiwo Olabode and others on behalf of over 380 ad-hoc delegates who alleged disenfranchisement at the governorship primary election held on May 25, 2022, the same court nullified the governorship primary election and ordered the party to conduct a fresh exercise within 14 days, using the delegates’ list certified by the Independent National Electoral Commission, as duly elected – in line with Section 84 (8) of the Electoral Act, 2022.
Party officials said the national leadership had earlier fixed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the court-ordered primary elections but the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who returned from a medical trip abroad days ago stopped the plan, opting rather for the NWC to wade in.
“Most of the NWC members are in support of the rerun so as to fulfill all righteousness and cure whatever wrong that made the court to make such sweeping decisions. What is more! We have to be careful not to fall into risk of what happened to the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara and Rivers states.
“On this Ogun State PDP issue, I recall that one of those sent to conduct the ward congress in April warned in his report that if the right thing was not done, we might have the Zamfara and Rivers scenario in Ogun State.
“Already, there are talks within the political circle in Ogun State that those who instituted the suit that led to the nullification of all the party primary were being used by the APC-administration in the state to frustrate the PDP from fielding candidates in the 2023 general election,” a party official disclosed.
Another source said, “While it is within the personal rights of the parties to appeal the judgment and no one can foreclose that, it is in the overriding interest of the party and its teeming members to comply with the order of court. Any aspirant that is not pleased with the court judgment and the decision of the party can still pursue their appeals while the party goes on with the campaigns.
“For any aspirant who may still wish to go on appeal, if the appellate court ruled in his favour, he would replace whoever has emerged. It is better than not fielding candidates at all or wait till the Supreme Court will determine the matter. By then, it is either campaigns would have ended or it would be too close to the elections like it happened to our party in Ogun State in 2019.”