The new Peoples’ Democratic Party (nPDP) led by Abubakar Kawu Baraje yesterday said it will use the Adamawa State governor’s lodge in Maitama, Abuja, as its temporary secretariat following the closure of its new office by the police, who claimed to be acting on a court order.
The faction said the decision was taken in order to avoid physical confrontation with security personnel that have laid siege to its national secretariat located at No. 4 Oyi Crescent in Maitama District.
A statement by the National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said: “The Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party has chosen not to engage security agencies in confrontation but to toe the path of peace by pursing the matter in court.
“We will not be deterred and no amount of intimidation and calculated attempts to frustrate our legitimate goal of participating in the democratic processes in our dear country would stop us from contributing our quota to national development.
“But temporarily, the party would commence entertaining solidarity visits and granting audience to its teeming members and associates at the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge situated at No. 2, Gurara Street, Maitama, Abuja.
“The Baraje-led PDP would not be provoked or deterred by actions detrimental to its existence, including the unlawful occupation of its national headquarters by security agencies that have prevented the Baraje-led PDP from moving into its offices located in Maitama District, Abuja.”
The faction restated its belief in the rule of law.
“The Baraje-led PDP, in accordance with its belief in justice, fair play and the rule of law, had in pursuit of remedies, approached the Courts that directed both the Baraje and Bamanga Tukur factions to maintain the status quo; adding that the pronouncement of Justice Elias Chukwu on the matter was very clear, unambiguous and simple enough to avoid unnecessary rigmarole and arrogant display of power.
“In view of the subsisting legal action on the issue, the Baraje-led PDP has, therefore, requested its members all over the nation and in the Diaspora, who may wish to express solidarity to contact any member of its National Working Committee, with a view to fixing appointments for such functions.
“We will not be deterred and no amount of intimidation and calculated attempts to frustrate our legitimate goal of participating in the democratic processes in our dear country would stop us from contributing our quota to national development.”
The statement expressed the appreciation of the National Working Committee of the Baraje-led PDP to all its members, supporters and sympathisers all over Nigeria and abroad for their steadfastness in the spirit of advancing progress, peace and development in the polity.