The national secretariat of the New Peoples’ Democratic Party, nPDP, located on 4, Oyi River Crescent, Maitama District, has been marked for demolition by the Federal Government through the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA.
The building which has been sealed since August when it was first officially designated as the secretariat of the faction of the PDP led by Abubakar Kawu Baraje, had inscriptions in red ink on the wall and gate of the building indicating that it was marked for demolition on October 11, 2013.
The latest actions of the FG might have been buoyed by recent court pronouncements which have described the activities of the New PDP as illegal and the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it would only recognize the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, as the authentic leadership of the PDP.
However, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has unsealed the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge, where the New PDP relocated its secretariat to after its Oyi River Crescent office was sealed off by the police.
It was learnt that the Governor’s lodge, located on Katsina Ala Street in Maitama District was reopened when the New PDP accepted the ruling of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which on Friday ordered it to stop using the name – PDP, logo and color of the party in its activities.
Reacting to the plan by the FCTA to demolish its secretariat, the spokesperson for the New PDP, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, said it was an attempt by the FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, to satisfy his paymaster.
According to Eze, “This will show the level of desperation which the PDP officials and the FCT Minister want to use to attack and kill opposition in the country. But it will fail. It can’t weaken us.
“What is the reason for the move to demolish a building that has its plan and other documentation that are intact, including the certificate of occupancy? This is nothing but desperation”, he asserted.
“But it is expected. A government that has no value for the rule of law can go to any extent to perpetrate any evil. We wait to see what would happen next.”