There was further setback breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday as an Abuja High Court barred the faction from parading itself as “new PDP.”
Justice Adefope Okojie also declared that the Bamanga Tukur-led leadership is the recognized and authentic National Working Committee of the party.
Bamanga Tukur led faction had approached the court seeking to restrain the Kawu Baraje faction from parading itself as the executive of the party.
Before the Abuja High Court ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission had disowned the faction by recognising the Tukur-led NWC as the authentic leadership of the PDP.
It would be recalled that Alh. Baraje’s faction led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors had on August 31st walked out of the eagle’s square, the venue of the PDP Special National Convention to conduct a parallel convention.
The party had branded itself the new PDP, a name that has been widely adopted by most of the mainstream media.
Since then, the faction has struggled to dislodge the Tukur-led executive, as its secretariats in Abuja and some states were promptly shut by the authorities as soon as they were opened.