16th May, 2012
PDP National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has denied reports that the party`s leadership is opposed to the reinstatement of Justice Ayo Salami as recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC).
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, pointing that the alleged rift in the party`s leadership on the issue was false and baseless.“The alleged rift in the leadership of our party over the recommendation by NJC to the President to reinstate the suspended President of the Court of Appeal is not only false but a baseless media speculation.
“The PDP as a party had at no time discussed the issue much less disagreeing over it.“The PDP has no reason to table for discussion at its National Working Committee, a matter that both the Federal Executive and the Judiciary have entirely conceded its resolution to the unconditional context of due process and rule of law.’’
Oyinlola added that the PDP as a body was least interested in interfering in the matter.“He reserves every right to continue to seek redress within the ambit of the law as an individual whose rights and electoral victory were hurt by the matter which is clearly related to the reason that orchestrated Salami’s suspension.
“It suffices in other words that I do not need my party to fight and secure redress. I know what the law requires of me to do and I have been doing it.“I do not whatsoever intend that my party be joined in the course of my personal resolve and determination to fight a just cause. ”
The NJC recently approved the reinstatement of Salami as President of the Court of Appeal.The decision followed observations made by a committee set up by the council to further investigate the issues that resulted to Salami`suspension.