Representatives of the PPD G-60 raise alarm about alleged plot to remove Fubara

Representatives of the PPD G-60 raise alarm about alleged plot to remove Fubara

Some lawmakers elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives, under the umbrella of the G-60, on Thursday raised alarm over the alleged plot to remove the Rivers State Governor, Siminilayi Fubara.

At a global press conference in Abuja, the G-60 Spokesperson, Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, pointed an accusing finger at the national president of the party, Umar Damagun.

The group’s spokesperson further accused the national president of the party of collaborating with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the plot.

“Call on the PDP National Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and all other men of good will to re-examine the current leadership of the party and agree with us that Damagum is a clear and present danger to the PDP and its survival.

The Group also alleged that Damagun was working behind the scenes with some APC leaders to destroy the PDP and render it unfit to participate in the 2027 presidential election.

According to the Group, “he has now come out openly and no longer hides that his loyalty is with the APC. Urgent action is required now.

“PDP governors, it is Fubara who you want to remove today; Don’t say anything about it and tomorrow it will surely be your turn. The silent PDP governors, senators and members of the House of Representatives will cry when they come to call for the entire party to sink it, and then they will be bathed in crocodile tears when the APC members take over their respective state constituencies and federal.

“This is another early warning for the party and those who believe in it to rise up and save the soul of the party before irreversible damage is done to it.”

Ugochinyere, who represents Ideato North/South Federal Constituency of Imo State, alleged that Damagun has gone against the principles of the agreement reached at the last meeting of the PDP National Executive Council, which allowed him to remain in office until August, when a new president will be appointed. He will be elected by obtaining a judicial injection against his removal.

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He said the PDP, under the leadership of Damagun, has gone to court to file a suit opposing prayers to declare vacant the seats of the 27 Rivers State legislators who defected to the APC, arguing that it is only the party that can determine who its members are.

He said that although the party’s legal counsel initially denied the claim, “we can confirm to you that the proceedings were brought by Dr Joshua Musa, despite the party previously filing a suit asking the court to declare the seats vacant.

“The PPD is now passing and failing at the same time. So what happened? When was this new alliance forged? When did the PPD start defending defecting legislators? What are the terms of that negotiation? Do the conditions benefit the PDP or the APC, the new party of the now former members?

Ugochinyere alleged that “since after the CNE meeting, in which a peaceful exit from Damagun was agreed at the next CNE meeting that will take place in a few months, in which a candidate from the North Center will emerge as president of the PDP, “A lot of strange things have happened.” been happening.

“First, they want to secure an exparte order for Damagun to remain in office by using APC members who parade as PDP members. Now, in a move that appears to be revenge, Damagun NWC has hired a lawyer from pro-APC interests to file court papers seeking to reinstate the sacked APC legislators to enable them attempt the impossible task of illegally removing Governor Fubara from office.

“Furthermore, a strange court action that the Damagun NWC does not oppose came out of nowhere, ordering the NWC to allow the takeover of the PDP provisional list full of APC members; Interestingly, our PDP now allows APC members to take charge of our party structures. Now, are you thinking what we are thinking?

“Damagun has taken the PDP to court and obtained an order preventing the PDP from removing him from office. “This was after the party’s CNE set the month of August for Damagun to democratically leave office.”

He alleged that all court cases filed by pro-Wike members of the party have often been assigned to specific judges who grant their prayers for restraining order within 24 hours of filing and assigning such cases.

He said: “Security agencies must immediately intervene and get to the root of this chain of obtaining ex parte orders and judgments in a definite pattern against all known principles of fair hearing and justice.

“The Chief Justice of Nigeria must set the process in motion and the NJC must act immediately to find out what happened without waiting for a petition. This scandal is enormous and the Council can act alone. It is surprising that once the exemption is granted, in most cases nothing happens again.

“The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee must immediately establish measures to determine whether any person under its authority has done anything that warrants its disciplinary actions.

“The Chief Justice must address this issue and save the institution of the Federal Supreme Court from this image-damaging scandal.”

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to pay close attention to developments within the political system “so that Nigeria’s democracy does not crumble under his watch.”