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Kashamu To PDP: Obey Your Constitution

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The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has advised the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to obey the party’s constitution and toe the path of the rule of law to win the hearts of Nigerians.

This was contained in a letter dated November 4, 2018 which he wrote to the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus.

Kashamu’s letter was prompted by Secondus’ letter on November 1 to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in which he faulted its recognition of the Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State PDP executive.

But Kashamu in his letter titled “Re: Nomination of Candidates for 2019 General Election in Ogun State”, stated that the power to organise state congresses and elect governorship candidates for the party resides in the state chairman and not the national chairman or the National Executive Committee (NWC).

Quoting the party’s constitution, the senator stated, “Specifically, Section 25 (1) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017) states, ‘There shall be a State Party Congress which shall consist of: (a)The State Chairman who shall be the Chairman. Section 25 (2c) states further, ‘The functions of the State Congress shall be to: (c) Elect governorship candidates of the Party.’”

He added that “you quoted Section 50 (1) of the PDP Constitution which states, ‘The National Executive Committee shall, subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Electoral Act (as amended) and this Constitution, formulate guidelines and regulations for the nomination of candidates for election into public offices at all levels and shall be the final authority for resolving all disputes relating to the choice of candidates for the party for any election…’

“A cursory look at the above provision of the constitution of our great party clearly states that the actions of the NEC shall be subjected to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act and our Party’s Constitution – in that order.

“It goes without saying that the powers vested in the NEC as stipulated above are subject to the 1999 Constitution that established the courts. Therefore, where a person is aggrieved by the action of an authority (e.g. a political party), such a person is entitled to seek redress in the court of law as established by the 1999 Constitution; and any judgment delivered by such court with respect to the grievance is binding on such authority or person. That is what INEC has done and that is what PDP should do – to show all and sundry that it has truly rebranded and that the culture of impunity belonged in the past,” he said.

He therefore advised Secondus to rise to his high office by finding ways to reconcile the two warring parties in Ogun State rather than siding with one and trying to bamboozle INEC “into joining you in the unjust victimisation of the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State PDP executive and anyone associated with it.”

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