By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”DOCTOR Samuel Ogbemudia’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State has reminded the faction led by Chief Dan Orbih of the existence of a subsisting Court order which restrained the exco members from parading themselves, their cronies or servants as leaders of the party in the state.
A statement by the factional Publicity Secretary, Prince Francis Iyasere, in Benin yesterday, also said that the position of director of publicity which was currently occupied by Mr. Okharedia Ihimekpen was unconstitutional, as the PDP constitution does not recognize the office.
He added that whatever Mr.Ihimekpen had been saying on behalf of the party was a nullity, noting the office was a mere creation of his principal and not the party.
Prince Iyasere pointed out that a Benin High Court, in paragraph 1V in the enrollment Order, stated that the defendants are â€œ hereby restrained by themselves, their agents, servants, privies or anyone acting under their authority from suspending or expelling the plaintiffs/applicants or taking any step capable of affecting their membership of the party, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.â€
He informed the Chief Dan Orbih-led state executive of the party that the substantive suit was still pending at the High Court in Benin, as the case had been fixed for hearing and determination on 19 May 2010.
But reacting, the Director of Publicity of Chief Dan Orbih-led state executive, Mr. Ihimekpen, said Prince Francis Iyasere had been expelled from the party.
He also added that there was no faction within Edo State PDP, as the National Working Committee of the party had harmonized all positions in the party.
He noted that Chief Dan Orbih had been sworn-in as the state chairman of the party and had since been attending all meetings of the partyâ€™s NEC.