Abuja - The tensions between the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) and a splinter group intensified on Friday as the former warned the members of a breakaway faction to desist from parading as leaders of the party.
In a statement, Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the party, said such conduct was “criminal.”
The sentiments follow the Federal High Court upheld the Chairmanship of Bamanga Tukur.
Abubakar Baraje leads the other faction.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the ruling of the court in this regard is absolutely clear, direct and unambiguous. The PDP has only one duly elected National Executive Committee under the National Chairmanship of Tukur. We wish therefore to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of this organ of our party are impostors and must be treated as criminals by all and sundry.”
“Henceforth, the leadership of the PDP will no longer tolerate or condone any meeting, utterances, press statements and/or activities whatsoever under the name, flag and colour of the PDP by any unauthorized person or group(s) under any guise.”
He criticized the breakaway group for spurning offers of reconciliation.
“As a law abiding party, the PDP remained calm in the face of the unwarranted attacks of the last few months. Our leaders chose the path of caution and decorum but our reconciliatory moves and offer of olive branch were treated with the highest disdain and viewed as signs of weakness,” Metuh said.
“We thank all members who kept faith and remained loyal to the constitution of the party through this trying time. Our party remains one big family and the preeminent party, commanding true and genuine followership among Nigerians across the country. The challenges of the last few months instead of detracting us have indeed better positioned our party to continue to win elections at all levels in our country.”
– CAJ News