For suspended national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the process towards reclaiming his mandate will be achieved by courage in the face of intimidation even as he described the reaction of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to his rejection of the suspension order based on lack of fair hearing and selective judgment, as excessively long on posturing but short on valid arguments.
Oyinlola said the party’s arguments of due process and precedence was untenable as it failed woefully to answer very pertinent questions and issues pertaining to disrespect for the judiciary.
In a statement titled: “Let Them Use Power; We Shall Use Courage,” which was signed by his principal secretary, Femi Adelegan, the embattled former governor of Osun State faulted all the arguments of the PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, justifying the suspension order slammed on him (Oyinlola) and three others on Monday.
It would be recalled that Metuh had while speaking at a press briefing on Thursday in response to Oyinlola’s accusation of the violation of the party’s constitution by the NWC on his suspension from the party, that the action followed laid down procedures due and precedence in the party.
“For the records”, Oyinlola stated, “I wish to state in clear and unequivocal terms that I never supported the suspension of the national vice-chairman of the PDP for the North-west zone, Senator Girgiri Lawan, a rather forthright personality, as a member of the NWC. The minutes of the meeting at which the decision was taken would reveal that Senator Girgiri Lawan was accused and judged by Alhaji Tukur, whose actions at that particular NWC meeting are recorded.
“I find it inexplicable that PDP NWC could claim that it is unaware of the Appeal Court order when its counsel was in court when the judgement was delivered. More importantly, the court order was transmitted electronically to the national legal adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon and Chief Olisa Metuh.
“We have proof of service and will prove this. The question to ask is ‘’If PDP is unaware, how did it rush its appeal to the Supreme Court?” he queried.