Go To Court, Kashamu Tells Aggrieved PDP Members
The Senator representing the Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has expressed displeasure over plot to fractionalise the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by some of its aggrieved members.
Instead of resorting to fractionalising the party, Kashamu urged aggrieved members of the party to take their case to court to seek legal redress.
Though he alleged that the former National Caretaker Committee of the party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi did not conduct the affairs of the party well, he nevertheless said it was wrong to divide the party.
The Senator gave this opinion in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, where he described the actions of those behind the formation of the “Fresh PDP “ as illegal.
He said: "Undeniably, the Makarfi caretaker committee administration was the worst in the annals of the PDP.
"An extremely deplorable era, Makarfi presided over the party with unimaginable impunity, indefensible disobedience of valid court orders and judgments, refusal to uphold democratic established order and practices; crowned with selfishly parochial dissolution and manipulations of existing party state structures and consequent creation of amenable convention delegates.
"As deplorable as the Makarfi assault on our party is, the formation of a parallel national leadership christened 'Fresh PDP', is totally condemnable. It is illegal, undemocratic and anti-progress.
"I strongly advise the architects of that contraption to quickly disband same and channel their grievances and claims to the constituted authority of our party and if found inevitably desirable, to approach the courts for judicial adjudication.
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"No matter the provocative injustice, I shall remain irrevocably an advocate of adherence to law and established due process. Resulting to self-help and illegal manipulations is primitive uncivilised and clear invitation to anarchy.
"This was my position when Makarfi dissolved the Ogun PDP exco in disobedience to a validly substituting high court judgment and multi orders to the contrary.
"It might be long and torturous to obtain judicial vindication over injustice, but adherence to rule of law remains the best and most certain option to curb illegality and unjustifiable aggression.
“In that Ogun instance, the contemptuous illegal parallel exco leaders were unavoidably arrested by the police and charged to court. To avoid same occurrence happening to these illegal parallel national leadership promoters of 'Fresh PDP', I strongly enjoin them to quickly retrace their steps and align with law and order".
Kashamu's advice is coming days after some aggrieved members of the PDP at a press briefing announced the formation of the 'Fresh PDP' and also opened an office at the Asokoro District area of Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.
Some of the five men behind the plot are Obi Nwosu, Hassan Adamu and Olusola Akinde. They said that they would announce full members of their National Working Committee in January.