Akin Akande, Abuja
The breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje on Sunday gave the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Senator Bala Mohammed 48 hours to open the Adamawa governor’s lodge sealed off on Saturday.
It added that the sealing off of the Adamawa governor’s lodge by the FCT Minister, had demonstrated the minister’s lack of understanding about the status of a governor’s lodge.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the faction said: “What the minister has brazenly done is to indirectly attack the people and Government of Adamawa State in his desperation to impress the PDP tin god, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
“This unwarranted and rash action by Senator Mohammed can be equated with the recent attack against the Nigerian Embassy in Bissau by the Guinea-Bissau authorities, which sparked outrage and for which that country’s government swiftly apologised.
“We advise the misguided minister to within 48 hours not only apologise to the people and government of Adamawa State but also to unseal the Lodge, which serves as out temporary National Secretariat following the sealing of our National Secretariat by the police.”
The Baraje-led faction said that the government of Adamawa State has not committed any offence by allowing the new party to use the Lodge as contact office.
Sunday’s statement also said: “Minister Mohammed is usurping powers that do not belong to him. His unjustifiable action is yet another evidence of impunity by some overzealous people in government intent on blackmailing President Goodluck Jonathan and portraying him as draconian and undemocratic President. Such people must be stopped forthwith!
“We, therefore, appeal to Mr. President not only to call Senator Mohammed to order but also sanction him accordingly for portraying Jonathan’s government as lawless, evil and anti-people,” it said.