Akin Akande, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the judgment of the Federal High Court barring the breakaway faction led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje from parading itself as the New PDP as a major boost for the ruling party.
Justice Adefope Okojie also declared that the Bamanga Tukur-led leadership is the recognized and authentic National Working Committee of the party.
The court also upheld the chairmanship of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Reacting to the judgment, the ruling party described Alhaji Kawu Baraje and those in his camp as impostors who must be treated as criminals by all and sundry.
The PDP in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said that the ruling of the court with regard to the leadership of the party was clear, direct and unambiguous.
“The PDP has only one duly elected National Executive Committee under the National Chairmanship of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur,” the party said.
Friday’s statement read in part: “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.
“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.
“The National Working Committee has therefore directed that the name, colour, flag and the provisions of constitution of our party must be held sacrosanct by our members.
“The PDP has adequate internal mechanism for resolution of disagreements and members are advised to express their grievances through such.
“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,” the statement said.