Makarfi-led PDP asks Appeal Court to deliver reserved judgment on leadership tussle

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The Sen. Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP has urged the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt to deliver the reserved judgment on the party’s leadership feud pending before it.

The faction of the party made the call in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, on Thursday in Abuja.

Adeyeye said that the delivery of the reserved judgment would allow the PDP concentrate on its rebuilding process and to provide alternative governance in the country.

“It is no gain saying that any democracy without a viable opposition is considered a dictatorship, unstable, unhealthy and a recipe for anarchy.

“We also urge the National Judicial Council (NJC) to urgently do the needful in respect of the petition submitted against the Special Appeal Panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, by Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff.

“The current petition like the two previous ones is another delay tactics he devised with his collaborators against justice to the PDP and its membership nationwide,’’ he said.

He commended the Nigerian judiciary for its effort to actualise the principles of separation of powers which he described as the main pillar of democracy.

“We therefore urge the Courts to keep up the good work by maintaining independence on all matters brought before it.’’

Adeyeye, however, commended staff of the party for their peaceful protest on Tuesday to demand for the unconditional and immediate reopening of the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the peaceful protest was carried out by the workers under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Forum.

The staff members also demanded speedy delivery of the judgment on the party’s matters pending before the Appellate Court.

Adeyeye described the peaceful protest as a demonstration of their commitment to service, loyalty and dedication to the party’s well-being, peaceful Nigeria and advancement of democracy at large.

He said that it was PDP’s believe that keeping its national secretariat locked since June 2016 till date was orchestrated by the ruling party to decimate and silence the party from providing viable opposition.

“This is shameful, inexplicable and unfortunate.

“The PDP in 16 years did not interfere with internal affairs of opposition political parties or used instruments of state to shutdown their secretariats due to internal crisis or for anything whatsoever.

“We allowed all parties in the country to strive and stabilise our democracy for which the APC is the primary beneficiary of in the 2015 general elections.

“These harassments and intimidation of the APC led administration against opposition in Nigeria portends grave danger for democracy at large.

“We demand as a matter of urgency, the unconditional reopening of the National Secretariat of the PDP to allow staff access into their offices to carry out the duties of holding the government in power accountable,’’ the spokesman.

Adeyeye therefore called on all PDP members and teeming supporters nationwide to be vigilant and remain committed to the rebuilding of the party and advancing Nigeria’s democracy. (NAN)

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