By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
Group under the auspices of the PDP youth wing has called for the dissolution of Peoples Democratic Party Caretaker committee in Kaduna.
Leader of the group Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmaddu who spoke to New Nigerian, said rather than heal the wounds and mend the broken nets of the party, the Hassan Hyat led caretaker committee has led with impunity of the highest order.
“We are calling on Board of Trustees and the National Working Committee of the party to look into this issue of suspention of key members of Kaduna PDP on frivorous grounds.
According to Ahmadu, Senator Suleiman Uthman Hunkuyi and others suspended are those who understand the letters and spirit of the PDP and cannot be suspended by a committee which does not have the legality to discline and suspend.
Senator Suleiman Uthman Hunkuyi and six others that were suspended by the PDP in Kaduna state recently and have also dragged the state chapter of the party before the National Vice Chairman, North-West Zone of the party, challenging their suspension.
They also challenged the powers of the caretaker committee that set up the 7-man disciplinary committee, to investigate them.
Hunkuyi, Hon. Hashim Garba, Dr Mato Dogara, Ibrahim Lazuru, Dr John Danfulani Lawal Imam Adamu and Ubale Salmanduna were suspended by the Kaduna State PDP caretaker committee over alleged anti party activities and asked to face a 7-man disciplinary committee.
However, their joint appeal signed by Dr. John Danfulani on behalf of other suspended members and addressed to the Chairman, North-West Zonal Working Committee, (National Vice Chairman North-West Zone) of the party was in pursuant to Section 61 (1) of the PDP Constitution.
That section stated that “ any member of the party who is aggrieved by a decision taken against him by any of the organs or officers of the Party, shall have the right of appeal to the immediate higher organ of the party within fourteen days of the decision”.
Therefore, Hunkuyi and the others said they were denied the opportunity to defend themselves and that the decision of the purported SWC of 16th May, 2020 were untenable before the law in view of the fact that what was presently on ground in Kaduna State was a caretaker committee.
They said that a caretaker committee lacked powers to appoint/constitute a disciplinary committee.
Their lawyer, IB Ahmed and co said in another letter addressed to the Chairman of the 7-Man disciplinary committee and PDP Chairman Kaduna State Working Committee, that his clients will not honour the invitation of the disciplinary committee.
He said that it was against the subsisting court order and the quarantine law set up by both the Federal and State government against any gathering.
According to the letter which was received and acknowledged by the Secretary of the disciplinary committee, Simon Arabo, the counsel to the suspended members urged the committee to take notice that; “you may be undermining the Order of the Court issued on the 19th March, 2020 against the party to call for a meeting when you know that you will inescapably be discussing issues that are before the Court of law in suit No KDH/Z/78/2020 between Gambo Bala and 5 others vs the National Chairman, PDP and 6 others.
“It will amount to contempt of court for you to write and for any person to attend a meeting to discuss on issues or matter that is a subject of litigation pending before the court.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Court Orders are meant to be obeyed and by virtue of section 287(3) of the 1999 constitution as amended, our clients (7 of them) are bound by interim Court Order of the High Court 1, Zaria issued on 19th March, 2020.