Defection: Presidency, PDP Plots Fresh Move to Remove Amaechi, Others
Indications have emerged that some elements in the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have reportedly commenced fresh moves to remove five governors who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The move according to a reliable source was hatched by close associates of President Goodluck Jonathan after a meeting aimed at weakening the opposition against a possible second term for the president.
Key amongst the strategy to be employed in the plot is to seek a court action through an exparte court asking an order to the effect that the seats occupied by the governors belong to the party and not the governors as individuals. On obtaining the court order, it was learnt that the governors would immediately be removed from office pending the outcome of appeals that they might lodge.
The legal team to press the case is aiming to use as a precedent, the legal dispute between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and former Governor Celestine Omehia.
Multiple sources close to some of the governors affected confirmed the move yesterday with the assertion that the presidency and the PDP had assembled a legal team comprising 12 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs to lead the charge. The legal team it was learnt is led by a senior SAN from the South-South. Contacted on his participation in the legal move the SAN blurted yesterday “who told you, who told you” before cutting off the phone.
It was learnt that the legal team was yesterday shopping for a friendly judge to give an exparte order to the motion being prepared to the effect that the seat occupied by the governors belong to the party and not to the governors as individuals. The task of the team it was learnt would be to use the Supreme Court order on which Amaechi came to power in October 2007 where the court held that it was the party that was elected into office and not Omehia. That case arose from internal dispute over the validity of the party’s candidate for the election.
However, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has flatly denied the claim yesterday saying that the PDP would not want to jeopardize ongoing peace talks with the governors recently rekindled by the president.
Claiming ignorance of the move yesterday, Metuh, the PDP national publicity secretary said yesterday: “I am hearing it for the first time from you. But remember that the president is discussing with the governors and the party cannot take any position until when the peace move is over and in politics, don’t rule out anything. This peace move you don’t know how it will end.
“This is the PDP, this is the biggest party in Nigeria that can accommodate all national interests, we fight for the unity of this country.”
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