More troubles loom within the fold of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as some of it members have threatened court action against the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) if Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi suspension is not reversed within two weeks.
The aggrieved members described the suspension of Amaechi as an abuse of the party’s Constitution by the NWC. The three aggrieved party members, who all hail from Bauchi states said that the NWC members arbitrarily assumed the powers of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and arbitrary suspended Amaechi without preliminary hearings, or according him an opportunity of knowing the allegations made against him.
They also said that the action of the NWC is a breach of the Constitution of the Party and the right of the members to fair hearing as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. The warning by the party members was contained in a letter by their lawyer, dated May 31, 2013 and addressed to the National Secretary of the PDP.
The PDP members are John Akevi of Dan Iya ward with PDP membership registration number 6590595; Alhaji Aliyu Shehu of Hardo Dan Iya ward with PDP registration number of 16595260; and Aliyu Ladan of Dan Kada Ward with membership number of 14496238.
According to a letter by the legal representative of the party members, A. A Malami SAN and Co, the aggrieved party members also queried the failure of the NWC to convene a NEC meeting for over a year.
The letter read in part: “Failure of the party to convene National Executive Committee Meeting for over a period of one (1) year in consequence of which far reaching decisions of the party that could have only been taken by the organ of the party were as a result left unattended.
“Arising from the above infractions the affairs of the party were being conducted in breach of the constitution of the party and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and the National Working Committee of the party which arbitrarily assumed the powers of the National Executive Committee had in consequence embarked on arbitrary suspension of the high profile party members without preliminary hearings and or according the members involved an opportunity of knowing the allegations made against them in apparent breach of the Constitution of the Party and the right of the members to fair hearing as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
“Allowing the National Working Committee to take final and conclusive decisions on matters which only have come into effect after the ratification of the National Executive Committee without input of NEC thereby constituting itself into an authority of its own that overrides the spirit of the responsibility of the organ to the National Executive Committee.
“Our clients contention, arising from the above infraction is that the decision taken by the National Working Committee of the party which were not blessed with the ratification of the National Executive Committee of the party with particular reference to the suspension of the Governor of Rivers State His Excellency Rotimi Amaechi, are void null and of no effect.
“It is our instruction for demand for the rescission and nullification of all such acts and decisions within two weeks from the date of the receipt of this letter and our further instructions in the event of default, is to have recourse to judicial redress without further recourse to you.”