For insisting that Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and three other chieftains of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) remain suspended, Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has described the ruling party as a lawless organization.
Amaechi added that by refusing to allow Oyinlola resume office as National Secretary of PDP following the Court of Appeal ruling that ordered his reinstatement, the ruling party had circumvented the judicial process.
The embattled governor, who has also been under a prolonged period of suspension from the PDP, spoke through the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha.
He said, “The suspension is a deliberate ploy to circumvent the Court of Appeal judgement, which recognised Oyinlola as the National Secretary of PDP.
“This is typical of PDP. Hope that the judiciary has an antidote to this affront on the court. What the PDP is doing is to foreclose the possibility of any reconciliation.
“The PDP is portraying itself as lawless. If the people know your style and you continue in that style without changing, it then becomes unfortunate. We envisaged that the PDP would come to this and it did.
Amaechi, however, urged Oyinlola and other suspended members of the new PDP including Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Sam Jaja and Ibrahim Kazaure to be resolute, imploring them not to give up in the face of unfolding events.
The governor added that Nigerians and even the judiciary were keeping a close watch on the PDP and its flagrant disregard for the rule of law.
“My advice to Prince Oyinlola and others is that they should remain resolute and not be worried about the suspension. The truth is that Nigerians and even the judiciary are watching the party’s disregard for the rule of law,” he stressed.