by ‘Jola Sotubo
Despite their rather public embrace earlier this week in Abuja, it is now business as usual for embattled People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, and the party’s Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
According to reports, Oyinlola has written to Alhaji Tukur warning him to desist from any attempts to discipline him.
This is due to the recent constitution of a disciplinary committee set up to try the former Osun State governor and 3 others for alleged anti-party activities.
The Nation reports:
Also slated for trial by the party are the National Chairman of the New PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure.
The four leaders have been summoned by the PDP Disciplinary Committee which is headed by a former Minister of Transport, Alhaji Umaru Dikko.
Their trial is scheduled for Wednesday.
But in a November 21, 2013 letter to the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the counsel to Oyinlola, Mr. Awa Kalu (SAN), said going ahead with the disciplinary process would amount to contempt of superior courts.
Kalu, who said he was also acting on behalf of other officials invited to appear before the disciplinary panel, asked the PDP to tread slowly.
He said: “Our instruction is that notwithstanding pending litigations, the distinguished party of which you are the National Chairman, intends to put machinery in motion aimed at making mockery of the judicial process and thus the Rule of Law.
“May we respectfully inform you that Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/774/13, (Prince Oyinlola and 3 Others vs PDP and Another) is currently pending in Court No 6 of the FHC, Abuja Division. In addition, there is a pending appeal at the Supreme Court arising from the Court of Appeal Suit No CA/A/84/2013 (Chief Adebayo Dayo & Another vs Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola & 2 Others) in which the Court of Appeal dealt with the subject matter of your intended disciplinary proceedings.
‘’It is on the basis of the above that we urge you to tread slowly in order not to render superior courts toothless.
‘’I thank you for your statesmanly understanding.’’