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PDP applauds sealing off of factional secretariat

09 September 2013, 14:13

Abuja - The PDP on Saturday applauded the sealing off of the new secretariat opened by the Baraje faction of the party.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Abuja, said the action was in line with the Abuja High Court injunction of September, 6, 2013.

The court had held that the Abubakar Baraje splinter group should not operate or parade themselves as leaders of the PDP until the hearing of the suit before it.

It affirmed the leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Bamanga Tukur.

"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 PDP other than the one led by Tukur.

"The sealing off of the secretariat opened by the Baraje group under the name, colour and flag of the PDP is therefore, in order and in line with the law", the statement said.

Meanwhile, it charged all party members to close ranks and remain steadfast to the party's constitution.

NAN gathered that a detachment of armed policemen today sealed up the secretariat of the new faction located at Plot 320, off Onyi River Crescent, Maitama.

The Baraje-led new PDP broke away last week during the special convention of the party.

An Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and police Hilux vehicles were stationed around the building to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the building.

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

The secretariat, with the inscription New Peoples Democratic Party was covered, ready for launch, when policemen invaded the area. All the access roads leading to the building were cordoned off by the security operatives in uniform and mufti.

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

Meanwhile, several reconciliatory meetings held to resolve the crisis in the party had failed to yield positive results.

-  NAN


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