The Peoples Democratic Party, Ogun State chapter, led by Chief Bayo Dayo, has described the dissolution of the state executive committee by the National Caretaker Committee as a contravention of the party’s extant processes and law that got them into office.
He said their tenure would only lapse in 2020.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s secretariat on Thursday, the state party chairman said the state exco would fight the dissolution to the Supreme Court if the occasion called for it.
It will be recalled that the PDP National Caretaker Committee, after the non-elective national convention of the party in Abuja last Saturday, dissolved executive committees of seven states, including Ogun.
Reading from a speech titled ‘Setting the Records Straight’, Dayo claimed that his led executive committee was a creation of the party’s extant processes and of the Law – as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said, “For now, nothing has changed and the party’s executives at all levels in Ogun State, under my leadership, remains constitutionally valid, and judicially sacrosanct till 2020.
“I was surprised to have read in some newspapers, where they erroneously accorded recognition to Sikirulahi Ogundele as the authentic chairman of the PDP in Ogun State.”
Dayo argued that Ogundele never emerged from any valid Congress.
He wondered why the National Caretaker Committee, through the national convention, tried to appropriate to itself, the powers of the Court of Appeal by unilaterally and arbitrarily vitiating the Judgement of a Federal High Court.
He, however, noted that “rather, the Makarfi committee should have approached the Appeal Court, if at all it wants our executive disbanded and of course should the Appellate court sustain or disregard the FHC verdict recognising us, either of us will then approach the Supreme Court for a final interpretation; just as it happened in the Makarfi Committee versus Sheriff NWC scenario.”
He emphasised that the protracted crisis between Ahmed Makarfi committee and Ali Modu -Sheriff NWC lasted until the Supreme Court gave a final judgement.