By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, who represented the northern Kaduna senatorial district at the National Assembly (2015-2019), Dr. Dogara Mato, five others who were suspended by the interim Committee of the Democratic Peoples Party (PDP) led by Felix Hassan Hyet in the state de Kaduna, called for suspension and challenged the powers of the interim committee to establish the seven-man disciplinary committee.
Senator Hunkuyi, Hon. Hashim Garba, Ibrahim Lazuru, Dr. John Danfulani, Lawal Imam Adamu and Ubale Salmanduna were suspended by the Kaduna State PDP interim committee on the grounds of anti-party activities and asked to face a seven-man disciplinary committee.
His joint appeal signed by Dr. John Danfulani on behalf of other suspended members and addressed to the President, Northwestern Zone Working Committee (National Vice President of the Northwestern Zone) of the party, was in compliance with Section 61 (1) of the Constitution of the PDP, which states that "Any Party member who is harmed by a decision taken against him by any of the Party organs or officials will have the right to appeal to the Party's immediate superior body within fourteen days of the decision."
The suspended members said that they had not had the opportunity to defend themselves and that the alleged SWC decision of 16 May 2020 was unsustainable under the law, given the fact that what is currently on the ground in Kaduna State is a guards committee, adding that, as an interim committee, there is a lack of powers to appoint / constitute a disciplinary committee that is not an executive committee.
In another letter addressed to the President of the 7-man disciplinary committee and to the state work Committee of the PDP president, Kaduna, through his lawyer, IB Ahmed and Co said their clients will not honor the disciplinary committee's invitation, emphasizing that it is against the subsistent court order and quarantine law established by the federal and state government against any meeting.
According to the letter received and acknowledged by the secretary of the disciplinary committee Simon Arabo, the board of the suspended members urged the committee to take note of this; “You may be undermining the Court's decision issued on March 19, 2020 against the party to convene a meeting when you know that you will inevitably be discussing issues that are before the Court of Justice in case No. KDH / Z / 78/2020 between Gambo Bala and 5 others vs the National President, PDP and 6 others.
“This will be tantamount to the court's contempt for you writing and for anyone attending a meeting to discuss issues or issues that are subject to pending litigation in court.
“To avoid doubts, court orders must be obeyed and, by virtue of section 287 (3) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, our clients (7 of them) are bound by a provisional Supreme Court order 1, Zaria issued on 19 March 2020.
“In view of the fact stated above, it will not be wrong and may mean contempt for the court to attract or threaten our clients for illegal disobedience to the Court Order when you invite them to an unholy meeting and they participate and be heard, making presentations in their defense regarding or referring to the March 14, 2020 ward congresses and others before the disciplinary committee, invariably touching on matters that are the subject of dispute before the Court ”.