The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)? has said there is nothing personal in the decision of its chairman to ask its deputy national secretary, Solomon Onwe, to take over from Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as acting national? secretary.
Describing as ‘sensational and misleading’ newspaper reports which purportedly insinuated that Tukur personally sent Oyinlola packing, the party said the party’s decision was based on? the decision of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to annul the election of Prince Onyilola as the national secretary of the Party.
“Section 45 (1) of the Party’s Constitution says if a National Officer of the Party is removed or resigns from office, he shall immediately hand over to the National Secretary all records, files and other properties of the Party in his or her possession.
“In the case of the National Secretary, he shall hand over to the Deputy National Secretary. Given the judgement of the Federal High Court, a situation was created for invocation of Section 45 and this was done. The matter has absolutely nothing to do with any imagined rift between the National Chairman and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, “ the party stated.
The party added that there was no personal rift between? Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as the national chairman of the party, and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to warrant what it termed sensational headlines that have been published in newspapers.
“In any event, reports have indicated that Prince Oyinlola has appealed against the court judgement and the NWC wants to say that as soon as the appeal is decided, the party will, in the same way as it did in the case of the Federal High Court ruling, obey the appeal decision,” it explained.
“We want to make it clear that our great Party is a law abiding Party, which bases its conduct and activities on internal democracy and rule of law. Whatever a court of competent jurisdiction decides on any matter involving the Party, the PDP will have no hesitation in obeying and implementing the judgement,” the PDP’s statement read.