PDP Suspends Kashamu: It’s Nullity, Kashamu Replies Party

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Senator Buruji Kashamu for a period of one month.
The decision which was taken at 3am Saturday morning is said to be for a month.
No reason was given for the suspension.
However, the suspension is believed to flow from an Abuja Federal High Court ruling on Wednesday, which struck out a suit filed by the Senator to stop the party from taking any disciplinary action against him.
Delivering judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba struck out the suit after upholding PDP’s preliminary objection challenging its competence and validity.
The court rejected Kashamu’s contention that his referral by the PDP to the Chief Tom Ikimi-led Disciplinary Committee of the party, among other disciplinary actions already and being planned to be taken against him, violated the orders made by the court on August 10 and September 10, 2017 in a pending suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2017.
Justice Dimgba held that the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2017 being an ongoing one, Kashamu’s suit founded on it was hasty and premature.
The Senator had on October 6 begged the court to nullify the disciplinary decisions taken by his party.
He said all disciplinary steps, including his being queried on September 7, 2017, about his alleged actions and his referral to the Disciplinary Committee of the party, were in violation of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division and also the order of Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Abuja Division of the court.
He said, the PDP as a party in “serial disobedience of court orders, in the management of its affairs in the South-West and disdain for the rule of law”, unless the court intervened in the matter, the party would unjustifiably expel him or block him from seeking nomination for future elections on its (PDP’s) platform.
He also stated in the suit that some national leaders of the PDP were moving against him just because he insisted on observance of internal democracy in the management of the affairs of the party, particularly in the South-West zone.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee were the first three respondents to the suit.
Meanwhile, Senator Kashamu rejected his suspension, adding he was neither queried nor found guilty of any wrong doing to have deserved the suspension.
He said in a statement Saturday morning: ”I thank the Almighty Allah who has brought me this far and made me a factor in the national politics of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“The news of my purported suspension is coming on the heels of a pending appeal with a motion for injunction that has been properly entered and served on parties. This renders the purported suspension a nullity as it offends the principle of “lis pendens”. Therefore, I reject the purported suspension because it offends all known principles of justice and fair hearing.
“It should be noted however that the mere fact that the Caretaker Committee could resort to this last-minute action in its dying hours and on the day of our national convention shows clearly that the battle that I and other well-meaning leaders, elders and stakeholders have waged against impunity and illegality, and for the enthronement of democracy, due process and the rule of law really got to them.
“Makarfi and his cohorts, especially Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose think that they can intimidate and pocket every voice of dissent within the party. Yet, they are quick to accuse the Federal Government of stifling the opposition when they are the real dictators and tyrants.
“They arrogantly think that they can browbeat everyone into submission and buy over the conscience of our party leaders and delegates in continuation of their desperate bid to hold the party by the jugular in order to serve their selfish and egocentric ends.
“What is the essence of a multiparty politics and democracy if people cannot disagree to agree and ventilate their views? I dare say that any party or organisation that does not brook dissent and plurality of ideas and opinions is on its way to self-destruct and extinction.
“Dear delegates, distinguished party leaders and elders, I urge you to rise up and join in the struggle to rescue our party from the vice grip of these delinquents by electing a new and untainted leadership that will put an end to illegality, impunity, deceit and imposition. Today, let’s elect men and women of conscience who will truly reposition our party, restore democracy and make it the envy of all. Let’s show Nigerians that it is a new dawn and a new order in PDP.
“Finally, notwithstanding this purported suspension, I stand by my convictions in the struggle for the enthronement of genuine democracy, due process and respect for our own constitution. I remain strong and unbowed by their antics. Insha Allah, together, we shall outlive and outshine these agents of darkness.
“I wish all our respectable leaders, elders, contestants and delegates the best of luck.”

Author: News Editor

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