It’s more trouble for the embattled splinter group of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja authorities are plotting to demolish their Oyi Street National headquarters.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that the fresh onslaught against the new PDP is another strategy to kill them before they grow and destabilize the party.
According to reports, the FCT authority had last week marked the New PDP office building at No. 4, Oyi River Crescent, Maitama District, FCT, Abuja, for demolition for violation of land use.
The spokesman of Development Control, an agency under the FCT Development Authority, Mr. Kalu Emeta, however, denied the allegation of victimizing the factional PDP, assuring that their new office wouldn’t be pulled down if the owner stops using it for commercial purpose.
“We marked it for the owner to revert to its original status. When this is done, there would be no demolition.”
Also defending its position, the Director of Development Control of FCT, Alhaji Yahaya Yusuf said the location of the New PDP office was meant strictly for residential purposes and that converting it to a party secretariat had violated the Abuja masterplan.
Yusuf said it was not only the new PDP secretariat that might be demolished, but some other 202 buildings in FCT. He said they would soon move in their bulldozers unless the owners revert to the original plan.
Despite FCT’s spirited defence, the National Publicity Secretary of the Kawu-Baraje-led New PDP has faulted the authority’s plot of demolish their secretariat. He said, “Let them go ahead and demolish the building. We can assure them that we are going to rebuild the building with money from the federal government of Nigeria. We will sue them for willful destruction and they would be made to know that the building belongs to a Nigerian citizen with constitutional right to own property in any part of the country, including the FCT.”
Eze further alleged that it is the hand of the Presidency and that of the Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed that are at work here.
“The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed is on an agendum to destroy President Goodluck Jonathan, because under no circumstances would a cabinet minister embark on such destructive mission. The minister has been mandated by some forces to find a way of destroying President Jonathan and he has happily embarked on that mission. That is why he is doing something that is not expected of a normal person.”
He further said the minister did not have the powers he is arrogating to himself.
It has been one week, one trouble for the splinter group of PDP who moved against the party’s leadership on August 31, 2013 with seven executive governors, who are mainly from the North, except Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
The first attack on them was the takeover of their would be national secretariat at No. 4, Oyi River Crescent, Maitama District, FCT, Abuja.
Sealed off by the police a day before their planned inauguration, FCT authorities would also lock up the Adamawa State Lodge where they temporarily relocated.
And losing all the cases that would have given their existence a legal backing, an Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Elvis Chukwu in no ambiguous term, declared the activity of the New PDP illegal on Thursday, October 24, 2013.
And less than one week after the court sanction the New PDP has appealed against, President Jonathan’s men allegedly manipulating the Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed are now ploting to demolish the same building they are using as national secretariat.
In addition to this, President Jonathan and the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur have allegedly advised their loyalists not to have anything to do with the ‘rebels’.
As the New PDP are losing all their battles, political pundits have predicted they would likely be frustrated out of the party sooner than they had imagined.