The Kawu Baraje faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the immediate sealing of the Presidential Villa, Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge and other venues where political meetings allegedly holds, if the action of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on the Adamawa Governor’s Lodge, was to be justified.
This was stated by its National Publicity Secretary, Chukwuemeka Eze. In his argument he said that since President Goodluck Jonathan holds political meetings in the Presidential Villa and PDP Governors also meet in the Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge, both places should be sealed alongside the Adamawa governor’s lodge.
“If they are serious about what they are suggesting about the Adamawa Governor’s Lodge, they should go ahead and make sure they close Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge, Legacy House, and any other place political meetings are held.
“If they do so within 48 hours, we will not go to court. We have already instructed our lawyers to take legal action. We want them to apologise to the Adamawa people. These are extra conditions we are giving them. So, they should seal wherever they are doing political meetings, even the Aso Rock because it is for all Nigerians. Anything above that is not acceptable” he said.
The Special Adviser to the FCT Minister, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi has however described the nPDP’s demand as laughable because, according to him, the Presidential Villa, Akwa Ibom State Lodge had not been converted to party secretariat as the faction had done with the Adamawa Governor’s Lodge.
“That is a different issue, villa is just one and nobody has converted it to a party secretariat. The Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge has not been turned to a party secretariat. So, it is a different issue,” he said.
Meanwhile, Osita Okechukwu, a stalwart of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, and spokesperson of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, speaking on the matter, said although the ministry’s action was condemnable, members of the Baraje faction of PDP should quit the ruling party.