The case as to which is the authentic National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appears to have been to rest as the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) on Thursday stated that the Bamanga Tukur-led committee is the only one recognised by law.
The INEC made the clarification in response to a request by the Kawu Baraje faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to recognise its National Working Committee (NWC) as the authentic leadership of the ruling party.
In a letter by the commission to the factional National Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the electoral body said it would not withdraw recognition of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Bamanga Tukur, as the authentic leadership of the party because it monitored the conventions that produced it.
The INEC in a letter titled, “RE: Notification of Changes in the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party and Request for Formal Recognition, while rejecting the Baraje faction request, stressed that members of the Tukur-led NWC were duly elected at two conventions it monitored.
The letter dated October 2, 2013 and signed by the Acting Secretary to the Commission, U.F. Usman, said: “The commission acknowledges the receipt of your letters dated 1st and 23rd September, 2013 respectively wherein you requested for the commission’s recognition of the Baraje led faction and the newly elected National Working Committee.
“You will recall that the Commission monitored the National Convention and Special National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party held on 24th March, 2012 and 31st August, 2013 respectively at Eagles Square, Abuja after notices to the Commission. A National Working Committee was elected at the two conventions with Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as National Chairman.
“The Commission will not withdraw recognition from the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) elected at the elections duly monitored by the Commission.
“Please be guided,” the letter advised.