The seven governors the breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have appealed the judgement of a Federal High Court, Abuja last week which restrained it from using PDP’s logo and colours, while also upholding the election of the party’s special convention.
Chukwuemeka Eze, spokesman for the Abubakar Baraje-led faction, said on Thursday that the notice of appeal was filed by its team of lawyers after an emergency meeting in Abuja.
He said the faction was convinced that it had a good case and was determined to ensure that Tukur and “his cohorts” were not allowed to hold sway as the leaders of PDP.
“Our teeming members and supporters should, therefore, entertain no fears whatsoever and should remain steadfast as we seek to legally establish our case and logically conclude our mission to rescue the PDP from anti-democratic forces so as to restore the noble vision of the party’s founding fathers,” he said.
The Federal High Court had held that by the provisions of Section 222 and 223 of the 1999 Constitution, Section 80 of the Electoral Act, 2011 and Section 49 of the PDP Constitution, 2012, the 1st to 5th defendants are not entitled to nullify the results of the election of the PDP special convention.
It also ruled that “the 2nd to 5th defendants are not entitled to be officers of the party having not participated in the election, which took place during the special convention of the party.”
Meanwhile, the PDP says it has no plans to sanction the Baraje-led splinter group of the party if it returned to the party’s fold.
Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the party, told newsmen on Thursday that no disciplinary measure was being contemplated against the group by the party’s leadership in the spirit of true reconciliation.
The G7 governors, as they are called, are those from Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Adamawa, Niger, Kwara, and Rivers states.