The suspended National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has explained why he cannot participate in the activities of the party, saying he is still under suspension.
The PDP has been trying to commit Oyinlola to endorse the candidature of its candidate – Senator Iyiola Omisore – in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State following attempts by the APC to woo him to join its fold.
Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State, who made the clarification in a statement yesterday, also faulted the alleged endorsement of Prof. Wale Oladipo as the Southwest candidate for the office, saying it was contemptuous of the court.
The statement said: “The party said I am on suspension and a suspended member of any organisation cannot be expected at the same time to be part of its activities.
“Those who went to the Supreme Court should withdraw their appeal against the Court of Appeal decision which reinstated me as the party’s National Secretary. I call on the party to obey that verdict of the court on the post”.
Oyinlola warned against sub judicial comments on the issue by some persons who claimed to have been part of the Southwest PDP leaders’ meeting.
He said: “I have been reading some funny, sub judicial comments from some comical fellows purporting endorsement, at that meeting, of someone for a post that is subject of a case at the Supreme Court.
“One does not need to be a lawyer to know that it is not only futile, but contemptuous of our courts for a group of people to be making moves to overreach and undermine the justice system.
“I am quite aware, through my sources at that meeting, that claims of endorsement of any pretender by the Southwest are false as no decision of such was reached”.
Oyinlola also asked a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George, to open up to Nigerians on what the South-West PDP leaders discussed recently at his Abuja residence on the party’s National Secretary’s office.