Sen Hunkuyi, others challenge suspension from Kaduna PDP

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi who represented Kaduna North Senatorial District in the 8th senate and six other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were suspended by the state chapter of the party for alleged anti-party activities have appealed their suspension.

It would be recalled that the Felix Hassan Hyet-led caretaker Committee in had last week suspended them and set up a 7 man committee to look at the allegations levelled against them.

In a joint appeal signed by Dr John Danfulani on behalf of other suspended members and addressed to the National Vice Chairman of the party was in pursuant to Section 61 (1) of the PDP Constitution, states 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”.

According to the suspended members they were not given the opportunity to defend themselves and that the decision of the purported SWC of 16th May 2020 was untenable before the law in view of the fact that what is presently on ground in Kaduna State is a caretaker committee.

The aggrieved members argued further that as a caretaker committee, it lacks powers to appoint/constitute a disciplinary committee not being an executive committee.

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In another letter addressed to the Chairman of the 7-Man disciplinary committee and PDP Chairman Kaduna State Working Committee (SWC) through their lawyer, I.B. Ahmed and Co said his clients will not honour the invitation of the disciplinary committee, stressing that it is against subsisting court order and 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 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.

 

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