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Bayelsa PDP urges NEC, INEC to respect court order on state Exco

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Bayelsa State has urged the National Working Committee of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to respect the State High Court order on the legality and tenure of the Chief Rufus Abadi-led executive of the party in the state.

The National Working Committee, NWC, of the  PDP had last week,  indicated its readiness to consider the appointment of caretaker committees to administer the affairs of the party in seven states due to the annulment of their congresses by INEC.

The report also indicated that the INEC in a letter by its Secretary, Mr. Abdullahi Kaugama, to the National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, had declared that the congresses in Bayelsa, Delta, Enugu, Plateau and Kogi States, were not acceptable,  as they failed to meet the requirements of the PDP Constitution and 2007 guidelines for congresses.

However, it was learnt that the party, in reaction to the INEC position, had said the congress in Bayelsa State was rejected because there were no ward and local government area congresses,  preceding the state congress. It further learnt that said the action violated the resolution of the state PDP caucus.

But the state leadership of the PDP in Bayelsa, led by Chief Abadi, yesterday said a letter of protest had been sent to the national secretariat of the party and INEC,  on the existence of an order by the State High Court presided over by Justice Moore Adumein, restraining the party and others from removing the Rufus Abadi-led executive before the completion of its full term of four years in office.

The Rufus Abadi led executive in the suit, had asked the court to determine the legality of the dissolution of the party exco,  when the tenure had not elapsed.

They had also asked the court to determine whether the exco of the party is not entitled to the full term of four years unless they resign or lawfully removed from office.

The court in its ruling, had said “after a careful study of the party constitution tendered as exhibit on the tenure of the executives of the party elected on February 28, 2008, it is hereby declared that the plaintiff as members of the State Executive Councils of the PDP are entitled to remain in office for the full term of four years until and unless they resign or lawfully removed from office.

The court had also restrained the defendants, whether by themselves or through their agents, privies, representatives or any persons, however, described from taking any action or steps aimed at removing the plaintiffs or any member of the State Executive Council of the PDP from office until the effluxion of time as guaranteed by the constitution of the PDP.


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