By HENRY UMORU
THE Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led ‘New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP’, yesterday, condemned Friday’s judgment by the Federal High Court, Abuja declaring that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should delete Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s name from its records as PDP’s National Secretary, just as it vowed to appeal the judgment.
Describing the judgment as shocking, the nPDP stressed that it was a miscarriage of justice, adding that Oyinlola, who served as Secretary of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led PDP and the Secretary of nPDP, was never served court processes prior to the judgment by Justice Abdul Kafarati in the suit filed by the Ogun State chapter of PDP against the former governor of Osun State.
The nPDP urged the judiciary not to indulge itself in anything that may tend to give the contrary impression to watchers of democracy and Nigerians.
Also in the nPDP are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; Aliyu Babangida of Niger; Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto; Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa.
The nPDP National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, in a statement, yesterday, said, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the leadership of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has learnt with shock of yesterday’s judgment by the Federal High Court Abuja presided over by Justice Abdul Kafarati in the suit filed by the Ogun State chapter of PDP against PDP’s National Secretary, His Excellency, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Governor of Osun State.
”In his judgment, Justice Abdul Kafarati ordered the PDP faction led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to swear in a new National Secretary for PDP and went ahead to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to delete Prince Oyinlola’s name from its records as PDP’s National Secretary.
”The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led PDP wishes to condemn this obvious and glaring miscarriage of justice as the judgment was given in spite of the pendency of Prince Oyinlola’s suit over the subject matter at a superior court of competent jurisdiction – the Federal Court of Appeal Abuja.
”We wish to inform Nigerians that Prince Oyinlola was never served any court processes before the judgment was delivered”.