Move to oust Sheriff, NWC members frivolous – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the demand by an aggrieved group within the party, the Restart PDP Group, urging the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to resign as baseless.

The National Legal Adviser of the PDP, Mr. Victor Kwom, said on Monday that the call for the exit of the current national leadership of the party was scandalous and baseless.

“The story that some people have gone to court against the chairman’s continued stay in office is just frivolous. I think appropriate thing will be done at the appropriate time, to deal with the matter,” he said.

The Restart PDP Group had approached the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to compel Sheriff as the National Chairman of the PDP to vacate his office by the end of March.
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The group is also seeking an order of the court to compel the party’s leadership not to hold the forthcoming national convention until the membership register of the party is computerised as stipulated in section 8(11) of its Constitution.

In a suit filed by Mr. Emmanuel Nwosu Nwosu and Mr. Eze Chuks Silas on behalf of the Restart PDP Group on March 8, the group demanded that Sheriff and all other national officers of the PDP whose tenure of office will expire in March 2016 should be barred from unlawfully extending their tenure of office beyond the expiry date as provided in the party’s constitution.

However, the PDP Legal Adviser said the argument by the group that the tenure of Sheriff would expire at the end of March, is scandalous and does not hold water.

He said the party is aware of the court action and would respond to the issues raised at the appropriate time.

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