The faction of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje has gone to a Lagos High Court in Ikeja, seeking to stop Tukur, Prince Uche Secondus, Mrs. Kema Chikwe, Olisah Metuh and others from parading themselves as PDP NEC members.
Justice Ganiyu Safari of the Lagos High court, Ikeja adjourned till Monday, September 9.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, by Oyinlola, who is the national secretary of the new faction, he said the court explained that since there was no state of urgency in the determination of the matter the court should be given till September 9 to serve the defendants in their various locations.
“What this means is that in the meantime, both executive committees are to remain until the court resolves the matter,” the statement explained.
The statement reads in part, “Alhaji Baraje and other leaders of the party appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of support and encouragement from genuine members and leaders of the party across the country. We assure them that we will not disappoint them in the mission to make the PDP work again in the interest of Nigeria and its people.
“We also appreciate the efforts of leaders of the party, particularly President Jonathan and former President Obasanjo who, we note, have scheduled a meeting of the party elders for this week.
“We respect the elders and will be guided by them.”
Meanwhile, the “new PDP” as Oyinlola called it, said it will on Tuesday (today) open a parallel secretariat at the Maitama District of Abuja.
The Baraje faction has a former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); and Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano) as its leaders.