The main opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party, may eventually get a substantive chairman on Wednesday when the members of its National Executive Committee meet in Abuja.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the members of the party’s National Working Committee had scheduled meetings of key statutory organs of the party for next week.
According to the schedule approved by the NWC, the meeting of the National Caucus of the party has been slated for Tuesday.
This meeting, Metuh said, would be followed by that of the Board of Trustees on the morning of Wednesday, while that of the National Executive Committee would follow in the afternoon.
“The meetings are in furtherance of internal discussions on very crucial issues within the party as well as ways to reposition it for the challenges ahead,” Metuh, who is being tried for corruption, added.
But the hope of an early resolution of the crisis rocking the party may have further been complicated as the self-imposed National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, has returned to court, asking it to stop the party from holding NEC or any other meeting.
Gulak also asked the Court of Appeal to restrain the Acting National Chairman and the Secretary of the PDP, Uche Secondus and Prof. Wale Oladipo or any other person from presiding over any of the party’s meetings.
In a motion filed by his lawyer, Mr. J.S. Okutepa (SAN) at the Court of Appeal dated Friday, January 29, Gulak is seeking an order of injunction restraining the party from allowing any order person to act as national chairman to preside over the meeting.
He averred that until a superior court of competent jurisdiction overturns the Justice Baba Heseein judgement of December 16, 2015, he is the only one legally allowed to occupy the office of the national chairman of the party.
In another suit by Messers Silva Opusunju and Associates on behalf of Gulak, the former presidential aide also filed an originating summons brought pursuant to order 1, Rule 2 of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (civil procedure rules) 2004 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the Court against the PDP, Chairman of the party’s Governors Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko; Oladipo and the National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon.
In the suit, Gulak is seeking the determination whether the judgement/ruking of the court of December 16, is valid until the determination of the appeal filed by the PDP and Secondus in suit no: CV/153/15.
He also asked the court to determine whether the continuous parade by Secondus as acting national chairman is not contemptuous.
Gulak also asked the appellate court to determine whether Mimiko can order Oladipo to take over the position of the acting national chairman from Secondus was in order or not.