The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, faction led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje has vowed to continue using the party’s name, colour, flag and issue press statements in spite of the warning issued to it by the mainstream party to desist from doing so or risk being treated as criminals and impostors.
Following the ruling by Justice Elvis Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday which specifically ordered Baraje, Dr. Sam Jaja, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, to forthwith, desist from parading themselves as national officers of the ruling party, the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led PDP had warned the New PDP to either fall in line or be crushed.
“We wish therefore to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of this organ of our party are impostors and must be treated as criminals by all and sundry”, the PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said in a statement on Friday.
But in its reaction, the spokesman of the New PDP, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze vowed that the faction would pursue its case to a logical conclusion even to the Supreme Court, just as it said it will continue to use the party’s flag, symbol and colours as bonafide members of PDP.
He said, “Let us reiterate that we will see this issue to a logical conclusion, including going to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to ensure that a non-member of our party does not continue to lord it over us as our National Chairman. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his loyalists should, therefore, not celebrate yet as any such celebration would be short-lived as we are more than ever determined to show him the way out of the exalted position he is illegally occupying.
”We meanwhile insist that we have every right to continue using the PDP flag, symbol and colours, as we are bonafide members of the party and thus entitled to use them”, Eze maintained.