PDP Defends Sealing Of Breakaway Faction Secretariat

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the sealing off of the new secretariat opened by the Abubakar Baraje faction of the party was in line with the Abuja High Court injunction of September 6, 2013.

The national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, in a statement said that the court had asked the splinter group not operate or parade themselves as leaders of the PDP until the hearing of the suit before it.

“By the order of the court, no person is authorised by law to open a secretariat or operate under the name, colour and flag of the PDPother than the one led by Tukur,” he said.

Metuh said that the sealing off of the secretariat of the breakaway group under the name, colour and flag of the PDP is therefore, “in order and in line with the law.”

According to him, the court also affirmed the leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Bamanga Tukur.

An Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC and police Hilux vehicles were stationed around the sealed building located at Plot 320, off OnyiRiver Crescent, Maitama to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the building.

    All the access roads leading to the building were cordoned off by the security operatives in uniform and mufti.

    The leadership of the breakaway faction of the party hinted last week to the media that the new office of the PDP would open but refused to give details on the date and the location of the office for security reasons.

    Earlier this week, Tukur had warned that he was fully in charge and threatened to declare the seats of those that joined the new PDPvacant.

    In the midst of these, several reconciliatory meetings are being held to resolve the crisis, but, so far, negotiations have failed to yield the needed positive results.

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