• Urges NWC to call National Legal Adviser to order
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, 25th February, said the party would not allow some people in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to corrupt the judiciary.
He also urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to call the party’s National Legal Adviser to order to ensure rancour-free zonal congresses in the party.
Makinde, who stated this while briefing newsmen at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said that it was unthinkable to see a PDP as the plaintiff and defendant in a case deliberately filed to truncate the peace of the party.
The governor said: “I specifically put on notice that the National Legal Adviser of PDP has not done well. When the issue of the party structure in Lagos came up, I met him personally and advised him that, look, we have alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in this country, especially when its an internal affair of the PDP.
“And he said no, we are going to defeat them in court. But I was of the opinion that if we defeat them in court, what exactly are you going to get out of it? Now, he has started the same antics with the South-West Zonal Congress. How can you file a case and then instruct legal representation for the plaintiff and for the defendants?
“I don’t think that is acceptable. So, we expect the National Working Committee of the party to deal with that decisively.
“I came here to brief you, first, on the meeting of the South-West caucus of the PDP that was held here two days ago and also to discuss briefly the happenings within the PDP National Working Committee as it relates to upcoming South-West zonal congress of the party.
“At the meeting, we re-affirmed the zoning arrangement for the positions of the South-West zonal executives, and also each state, by now, has been able to put together a unity list, which we intend to take to the congress proper.
“But yesterday, I heard of disturbing news that our National Working Committee is planning to postpone the South-West zonal congress because some people went to court to complain about the location for the conduct of the congress.
“There are three things that are coming out of the court move. One, I want to say that PDP has moved from allowing within its fold, reactionary elements to hold sway. Maybe in the past, it was possible for elements within PDP to collude with the National Working Committee to file cases where they are the plaintiffs and defendants.
“And they also try to corrupt the judicial system in Nigeria. That will not be allowed because this is a PDP that is getting ready to take the mantle of leadership in this country. We want to provide leadership that is above board for the country and we cannot be seen within PDP to do something that will compromise any aspect of governance in Nigeria.”
Makinde also said that the party was ready in the South-West PDP to have a congress that will produce zonal executives that are acceptable to the majority of the people of the South-West.