The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has warned the governors and National Assembly members that joined the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led breakaway faction of the party that they risk losing their seats if they don’t retrace their steps.
For those not holding public office but belong to the faction, Tukur said they would be expelled from the ruling party.
At a press conference which held at the party’s Wadata Plaza secretariat on Wednesday, Tukur sent a strong message to the faction of PDP, saying the National Working Committee he heads is the only recognised executive adding that anyone parading themselves as factional executives will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said: “Consequently, we shall ensure that any person who is not duly elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law.
“We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that such persons and indeed any other individual who attempts to subvert the leadership of the PDP shall reap in full, the consequences of such actions.”
Stating that the PDP has no faction, Tukur said there was neither room nor reason whatsoever for such a claim under any guise.
“The PDP has only one duly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) under my chairmanship. I wish therefore to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of NEC or any other organ of our party are impostors and I urge all Nigerians, especially the security agencies and other institutions of democracy to regard them as such.
“Let me state categorically that the PDP as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians and who in the last fourteen years has lifted high the banner of democracy will not fold its arms while some undemocratic and unpatriotic elements destroy our common destiny by causing divisions and confusion among the people.
“There is only one lawfully recognised PDP and I am firmly in charge,” Tukur declared.