THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it would not hold the South-West zonal congress of the party originally scheduled for Saturday, May 14. The party said it was recalling its officers already sent to Akure, the Ondo State capital, where the congress was originally scheduled to hold.
Wale Oladipo, national secretary of the party, said on Friday, May 13, that the decision to stop the congress was because of the order by Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which restrained the party from going ahead with its zonal congress.
Apart from Akure, another faction of the party had planned to hold a separate zonal congress in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State. But in positive answer to an ex parte application brought before him on Thursday by Pegba Otemolu, incumbent PDP South-West Zonal Secretary, Justice Buba restrained the party from going ahead with the scheduled congress. The judge said the order would subsist until the final determination of Otemolu’s main suit.
Oladipo said that as a law abiding party, the PDP would not disobey the court order. He said, “We are a law-abiding party. I have been served the court order and as a respondent in the case, I’m telling you that we are not going to flout the order of the court.
“I’m also aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission will also not be at the congress. As a matter of fact, we are withdrawing our officers who have been sent to conduct the congress. We will stay action on it until the case is determined by the court.”
— May 23, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT