The Bamanga Tukur-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said the injunction granted by the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday “clearly affirms the leadership of the party under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur”.
The faction also declared its support for the police’s action of sealing off the secretariat of the rival faction of the PDP led by Abubakar Baraje.
Mr. Tukur’s faction said in ordering that the parties in the dispute maintain status quo ante bellum until the determination of the case, “the court clearly granted the request of the PDP that the group led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje should not operate or be recognized by INEC.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday also applauded the sealing off of the secretariat opened by the Baraje group claiming that such was in line with the order of the court which held that the splinter group should not operate or parade themselves as leaders of the PDP until the hearing of the suit before it.
“Our attention has been drawn to reports by a section of the media erroneously suggesting that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja did not accede to our prayer that INEC should not recognize the so-called new PDP led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
“For the avoidance doubt, the position of the Federal High Court is clear. By ordering that the two parties maintain status quo ante bellum, the court has clearly ordered the Baraje group to stop all its activities including operating a secretariat while it affirmed the leadership of the PDP under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
“By the order of the court, no person is authorized by law to open a secretariat or operate under the name, colour and flag of the PDP other than the one led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. The sealing off of the secretariat opened by the Baraje group under the name, colour and flag of the PDP is therefore in order and in line with the law”, the statement said.
The statement also called on all members “to close ranks and continue to remain steadfast to the constitution of the party especially as it marches on the victory in the 2015 general elections.”