Senator Begs Court Over Party Expulsion
The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, has begged an Abuja Federal High Court to nullify the disciplinary decisions taken by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), against him.
Kashamu said all disciplinary steps, including the query dated September 7, 2017 issued to him and his referral to the Disciplinary Committee of the party, were in violation of the judgement of a Lagos Federal High Court, in suit FHC/L/CS/605/2016, and also the order of Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Abuja Division of the court made in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2017 on September 5, 2017.
Kashamu said, the PDP was in “serial disobedience of court orders… in the management of its affairs in the South West and disdain for the rule of law.” He said unless the court intervened in the matter, the party would unjustifiably expel him or block him from seeking nomination for future elections on its (PDP’s) platform.
Kashamu also stated in his fresh suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/866/2017, that some national leaders of the PDP were moving against him just because he insisted on observance of internal democracy in the management of the affairs of the party, particularly in the South West zone.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee are the first respondents to the suit.
The fourth to the sixth respondents are the Chairman of the PDP Disciplinary Committee, Chief Tom Ikimi; Makarfi; and another member of the Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee of the party, Ben Obi.