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Monday, 21 October 2013

New PDP set to receive 5 more govs

 by Andrew Agbese
Alhaji Kawu Baraje
The Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) is making preparations to receive five more governors currently identifying with the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur- led PDP to its fold.
To this end, the nPDP national chairman said he has convened a meeting of the seven governors identifying with his faction and other stakeholders in the party to set out modalities for the official welcoming of the governors.
Though the nPDP did not release the names of the five governors, it said the meeting which holds this week would discuss all the issues pertaining to the defection exhaustively and chart a way forward.
Baraje in a statement yesterday said the nPDP had accepted the ruling of the Federal High Court in Abuja which declared the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) headed by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the authentic leadership of the party.
Alhaji Baraje in the statement said it would however go ahead and receive the five PDP governors that have indicated interest in joining the new PDP.
The nPDP national chairman said after carefully studying Friday’s ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Elvis Chukwu, it accepted the ruling in good faith and wishes to abide by it.
He said the faction has however directed its legal team to appeal the judgment as a matter of urgency as it remains convinced that it has a good case and is determined to pursue the case to its logical conclusion.
Baraje said contrary to insinuations in a section of the media of division and disunity between its governors and National Assembly members.
“Meanwhile, we feel nothing but pity for Alhaji Tukur and his NWC who are already gloating over their ‘victory’ over us and even had the temerity to describe us and our governors as criminals, warning that the heavens would fall if we should meet under any platform! By being so uncouth in addressing governors duly elected by Nigerians, Tukur and his disciples have once more vindicated our struggle to flush out these unholy undemocratic elements from our party,” he said.
National publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh could not be reached for his comments as he did not pick calls nor respond to an SMS sent to him.


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