The Peoples Democratic Party is currently groaning under huge cost of litigation, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt on Saturday.
Investigations by our correspondent showed that there were more than 70 cases instituted against the party by its aggrieved members across the country.
It was gathered that some of them had received favourable garnishee order from courts.
Sources close to the national leadership of the party told our correspondent on condition of anonymity, that the party was doing everything within the law to remove what he called “the encumbrance” that could work against it ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“The deluge of the cases is overwhelming, but we will defend the party. It will interest you to know that we inherited more than 50 cases from the last administration headed by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff,” the source added.
Already, National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr. Emmanuel Enoidem, had sent a letter to the National Working Committee of the party, asking for N60m to prosecute the cases.
Enoidem, in his letter, dated October 18, 2018, also informed the members of the NWC that the party “is under tremendous litigation attacks by Senator Buruji Kashamu.”
The letter read in part, “As of December when we (the present members of the NWC ) took over, there were over 50 cases pending in various courts, including states, Federal Capital Territory, Federal High Courts, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
“Arising from the just concluded party primaries, over 20 cases have been taken against the party and they are counting daily.
“Furthermore, we are under tremendous litigation attacks by Senator Buruji Kashamu and cohorts – same in Abuja, FCT, Federal High Court, Abeokuta, to the Court of Appeal, Ibadan.
“Accordingly, we hereby request the NWC to approve the sum of N60m only to enable us to take care of filing, transportation, processing, stationery and other sundry expenses.
“NWC may wish to approve otherwise.”
Our correspondent gathered that the NWC had yet to approve the request.