The Peoples Democratic Party has suspended its South-west Zonal Congress scheduled for Saturday May 14.
This was in line with the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The National Secretary of the party, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, stated this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
Oladipo said the South-west re-elected Zonal Secretary of the PDP, Chief Gbenga Otemolu, had approached the court urging it to stop the congress, arguing that the current executives in the zone were yet to complete their tenure.
He said Otemolu went to court on behalf of his colleagues, insisting that they were elected in 2014 and that their four years tenure as specified in the party’s Constitution would end till 2018.
Oladipo said: “We are in receipt of an order from the Federal High Court in Lagos, which had ordered us to put a stop to the exercise, pending when the case filed is heard and resolved.
“As a law-abiding political party, we have been served this order.
“I, as the National Secretary of the party, and Alhaji Adewole Adeyanju, the National Auditor, who are the two representatives of the zone, want to tell you that the party has decided to abide by the order.”
Oladipo added that the Independent National Electoral Commission was also a defendant in the suit, as the commission was empowered by the law to supervise such congress.
Oladipo, however, said the order would not affect the party’s National Convention scheduled for May 21.
He explained that national delegates for the National Convention were already elected during the party’s Ward, Local Government and States Congresses already concluded in most states.