Members of the ‘Baraje led’ faction of the People’s Democratic Party, now known as the New Peoples Democratic Party (NPDP) were reportedly chased out of the Sokoto Governor’s lodge, Asokoro, Abuja where they were having a meeting on Sunday by policemen.
Shortly before the meeting commenced at the Sokoto Governor’s lodge, the NPDP had raised an alarm that the Federal Government had begun a clampdown on the businesses of its members as well threatening their lives.
The Vanguard reports that after their meeting at the Sokoto State Governor’s lodge was disrupted the group reconvened at the Kano State Governor’s lodge to continue the meeting.
It was the first meeting of its kind that the group would be having since a Federal High Court upheld the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur led National Working Committee as the authentic one and the endorsement of the Tukur-led group by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Governors present at the meeting held on Sunday included Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State. Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Aliyu Babangida of Niger were not in attendance.
Also at the meeting were former governor of Kebbi State and ex- FCT minister during late President Umaru Yar’adua’s administration, Senator Adamu Aliero; former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki; former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje; former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu; chairman of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje; the group’s Deputy Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja; secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; PDP National Vice Chairman, North West, Ibrahim Kazaure; Alhaji Kassim Shettima, among others.
No Press Statement or briefing was issued at the end of the meeting, but the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze promised that a communique will be issued on Monday.
A source disclosed to Vanguard that the group discussed the Abuja High Court judgement, INEC recognition of Tukur-led PDP, and clampdown on members’ property in Abuja by the government through the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed. They were also said to have discussed how to receive new governors who plan to join the group.