PDP As An Embodiment Of Lawlessness:The Bayelsa Case Study
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) decried the unfolding melodrama in Bayelsa State, whre the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) went ahead to conduct party primaries for the governorship election with utter disregard to an order from a
competent court of law.
A statement issued by Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, National Publicity Secretary of CPC and made available to Huhuonline.com / stated that 'The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) is viewing with interest the obnoxious melodrama that is unfolding in Bayelsa State, as the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) set out to exude its vintage penchant for impunity by going ahead to conduct their party primaries for the governorship election while disregarding contrary legitimate order from a competent court of law.
'We hereby wish to commend the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the deliberate patriotic and law-abiding action in disassociating themselves from the charade that took place in Yenagoa on the 19th of November, 2011, in the guise of party primaries. We view this singular gesture as a robust indication of maturity in INEC to reforming and playing by the rules in the service of our father land as far as electoral umpire-ship is concerned.
'Furthermore, it is a damning thumbs-down for the PDP and its leadership, which in saner climes is considered an affront on the rule of law and invariably, the basis of democratic governance. Indeed, this action of the PDP and its leadership is morally, legally and politically reprehensible.
'Ordinarily, the motion which was filed on Tuesday which was four days to the scheduled party primaries required that the defendant replies within 72hours (three days) of the filing but the PDP spurned all avenues to legally respond to the order but chose the path of despicable impudence.
'While not concerned about the internal democracy within PDP, it is a matter of grave national importance when the ruling party, with its awesome machinery of state organized impunity, threatens the tranquillity of the polity with its inimitable thirst for lawlessness.
'We expected greater show of statesmanship, more so that Bayelsa is the home state of the president. It is our hope and desire, as a party, that these acts of needless impunity and brazen high-handedness shall give way to urbaneness and fair sense of justice to stabilize the Nigerian polity', the CPC said.