National Convention: PDP disqualifies Oladipo, Olafeso, Muo-Aroh

October 22, 2021
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disqualified Prof Adewale Oladipo from contesting for the Deputy National Chairman (South) in the October 30-31 national convention.

Oladipo was contesting the position with a former Osun Governor Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a former Oyo Deputy Governor, Taofeek Arapaja.

Also disqualified is Dr Eddy Olafeso,who was seeking to become the National Publicity Secretary.

Olafeso was contesting the office with Mr Debo Ologunagba.

Also, Chief Okey Muo-Aroh, who was an aspirant for National Secretary was also disqualified.

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Muo-Aroh was challenging Senator Samuel Anyanwu who is being projected as a consensus candidate by stakeholders in the Southeast.

Announcing the disqualification of the three aspirants at the Abuja national secretariat on Thursday, Adamawa Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri said they were disqualified for takings the PDP to court at various times in the past.

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Fintiri said: “I want to tell you that the three that could not meet the standard of the screening committee -Dr Olafeso Eddy Eniola, who initially had put his interest to contest for the office of the National Publicity Secretary.

“The other persons are Prof Adewale Abiodun Oladipo and Chief Okey Muo-Aroh. All these have been disqualified for reason that they took the party to the court. Their intention also was to stop the national convention.

“So if you have taken the party to court without exhausting the internal mechanism for settling whatever grievances you have and you tried to stop the convention.

“More so the provision of Section 51 (1)l of our party constitution has clearly spelt out that you must exhaust all the internal conflict resolution mechanism in the party.

“The same constitution of our great party has also made a provision that if you have not exhausted Section 58 (1)l, you can be punished under Section 59 (1)e. So you can see that the screening committee has done what is needful of them.

“You must be disciplined in the party for us to survive. And I think we have to move away from the past as we are trying to open a new chapter for the party”.

In a swift reaction, however, Muo-Aroh, a lawyer, said there was never a time that he took the party to court.

According to him, he has always been part of the legal team defending the PDP in court cases.

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Speaking with The Nation on the telephone on Thursday, Muo-Aroh vowed to challenge his disqualification at the Screening Appeal panel set up by the party to address such issues.

“I have never taken the PDP to court since I joined the party in 1998. On the other hand, I have been part of the legal team that defended the PDP in many court cases in the past, especially in Anambra state.

“As a matter of fact, I was a member of the team of lawyers that defended Valentine Ozigbo, the PDP governorship candidate for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state. We won the case for the PDP candidate and I was one of the lawyers that defended our candidate and the party at the Supreme Court.

“Are those that disqualified me now penalising me for always defending the PDP in court? And to add to my injury, the PDP has never paid me one Naira for all the court appearances I have made for them in the past. This is injustice and I am going to challenge it”.

The Nation reports Prof Oladipo, had, during his tenure as National Secretary, joined forces with a former PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff in a legal tussle over the control of the party.

Sheriff, had, in 2016, dragged the PDP to court in a bid to take over the party from the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

The protracted legal battle had dragged for 16 months during which the party’s national secretariat was sealed by the police for several months.

The battle was fought up to the Supreme Court and the apex court eventually sacked Sheriff and his team. The Court, had, in its judgment in 2017, returned the PDP structure to the Makarfi- led Caretaker Committee.

Olafeso on the other hand, was listed in recent court papers as one of the plaintiffs that took the PDP to court, seeking to stop the party leaders from going ahead with the upcoming national convention slated for October 30-31.

Hearing in the suit, which was instituted at a Federal High Court in Lagos last September, is fixed for November 2, 2021.

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