The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has debunked media reports that it has marked the No 4 Oyi River Crescent Secretariat of the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for demolition, saying that it had only sealed the building for contravention of land use.
It was widely reported on Tuesday that the FCTA, which earlier sealed the nPDP’s secretariat had marked the building for demolition on October 11, 2013, but it has now been clarified that the marking was to intimate the property owner to revert to the original use of the building.
Making the clarification yesterday, the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Department of Development Control, Kalu Emetu said the building was for residential, not political purpose.
He said, “It is a residential property. What they have done there is contravention of the land use and that is why the property was sealed.
“The red marking on the building doesn’t necessarily mean demolition and if you see the marking on the building in question, it is clearly marked revert, that is for the owner to revert to the original use.”
Emetu further explained that it was important for the building to be reverted to its original use so as not to over stretch infrastructure facilities provided for the area.
Meanwhile, the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led PDP yesterday said it might consider legal action over the marking of its national secretariat by the FCTA.
The National Publicity Secretary of the faction, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said that the plan by the administration to demolish the party’s secretariat is an indication that it was intolerant of divergent opinions.
Eze, who expressed a bit of concern over the administration’s lack of respect for court judgments, said “In a civilized situation, we would allow them go ahead with the demolition and then we go to court with our papers to make sure they rebuild it. But with what we have seen so far, they have not shown that they will respect the court. Even during the military days they did not show this much,” he said, adding that it was disgustful that the FCTA would consider demolition of a building for which it had earlier given approval, “because it has been hired by us to operate in.”
“We are the oppressed. We are like people facing the bullet. They are free to shoot us anyway. We have cried to Nigerians and they have heard our cry and now it is clear that they are undemocratic. They cannot tolerate divergent views and Nigerians have seen that they cannot be trusted with our leadership,” Eze added.