The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday dissociated itself from the newly inaugurated state executive committee of the Ogun State chapter of the party.
National Chairman and National Secretary of the PDP, Uche Secondus, and Senator Umaru Tsauri, respectively, made the party’s position known in a statement they jointly signed in Abuja.
The PDP national leadership said its attention was drawn to the “purported inauguration of certain unknown persons as state officers of the party in Ogun State on Friday.”
It advised party members that the PDP has not conducted any Congress for the election of party officials at any level: ward, local government, or state in Ogun State.
The statement read in part, “This is in obedience to the interim injunction order made by His Lordship, Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo, in suit No FCT/AB/CS/208/2020 on March 4, 2020, directing the maintenance of status quo until the hearing of the notice which is still pending on account of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
“The NWC states for the benefit of emphasis that there is only one PDP, as a political party in Nigeria whose Headquarters is at Wadata Plaza, Plot 1970, Micheal Okpara Street Wuse Zone 5 Abuja.
“It is the sole responsibility of the NEC/NWC of the party to conduct congresses for the elections of party leaders at all levels of the party.
“ No state organ or individual has such power except as may be expressly donated by the NEC/NWC and same has not been exercised with regards to Ogun State.
“We, therefore, advise all members of the public and appropriate institutions especially the Independent National Electoral Commission to ignore any purported election or inauguration of any Officer of the party at any level in Ogun State as same is unconstitutional, null and void. “
Recall that a faction of the Ogun State chapter of the party loyal to Senator Buruji Kashamu inaugurated a new state executive of the party on Friday.