Ondo PDP Urges Members To Be Steadfast Despite Abuja Court Ruling
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo State chapter wishes to call on its teeming members to remain unruffled in the face of the numerous conflicting judicial pronouncements from the Federal High Courts handling cases involving the warring national leaders of the party.
This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by Hon. Banji Okunomo, Publicity Secretary, PDP, Ondo State Chapter.
The statement reads: “Frankly, no one expects any other pronouncement of the lower court on the lingering national crisis of the PDP now except from a higher court which is already hearing the appeal over the leadership dispute for final adjudication after the judgement delivered in Port Harcourt.
“It will amount to judicial absurdity and contradiction that the Federal High Court in Abuja which accused the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court of setting aside the order of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court being Courts of equal jurisdiction is in the same vein granting an order to neutralize the potency of the judgment given at the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court. How can a court be approbating and reprobating at the same time?
“This is unexpected especially since all these Federal High Courts are of the same status and judgement given in one cannot be nullified by a coordinating court.
“The only court that can set aside or give proper interpretation to a judgement already given at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt which legalised the Markafi-led Caretaker Committee of the PDP is a superior court, in this case, the Court of Appeal.
“The Order of Court granted today in Abuja by Justice Okon Abang is a mere waste of effort as the matter is already pending at the Court of Appeal which has the superior power either to uphold or set aside the Port Harcourt judgement.
“The way and manner in which courts of coordinate jurisdiction give contrasting judicial pronouncements on the internal affairs of a political party without recourse to the survival of our democracy in a country with two major political parties, calls for serious concern and questioning.
“And if this is not curtailed by the Central regulatory body of the Judiciary, one can envisage a situation whereby the country would be heading towards a one party State characterised by arbitrariness and autocracy.
“There is no doubt about the fact that things have changed from good to bad ever since the new order in the country has refused to give breathing space for the survival of opposition groups.
“There is no reason why PDP members should be disturbed by the said court pronouncement in Abuja today especially because the PDP has always ensured that it does not violate its constitution in every of its dealings.
“While the tussle lasts, we want to call on the PDP members to remain unperturbed and organised. The PDP is one big, strong and indivisible entity.
For us in the PDP, we would continue to hold the fort and expect that normalcy would soon return and efforts to frustrate our great party would be thwarted.