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PDP Can Expel, Suspend Wike – Court


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The Federal High Court in Abuja has held that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), can either suspend or expel former Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as its member but must comply with due process.

Justice James Omotosho stated this on Wednesday while delivering judgement in the suit filed by Wike to stop the PDP from either suspending or expelling him without according to him fair hearing.

Omotosho held that suspending or expelling Wike without according to him the right to defend himself, would breach his fundamental rights as enshrined in the constitutions of the PDP and that of the country.

The judge held that though the party has the right to suspend or expel its members, such action must be taken within compliance with its own law.

Justice Omotosho further held that although the court will not ordinarily dabble into the internal affairs of any political party, it can, where the right of a member was violated by the party without recourse to its own laws.

He noted that fundamental human rights are rights enshrined in the constitution and which are sacrosanct, adding: “Where these rights ought to be enforced, the court will do everything within its reach to ensure this.”

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