PDP Controversy: Tukur Drags Baraje and Atiku Led PDP To Court.

The recent crack in the ruling party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) further deepened yesterday, after the Bamanga Tukur-led faction of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) dragged the factional Chairman of the new PDP, Abubakar Baraje before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, despite warning against disintegration by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, after a meeting with the leadership of the party. Counsel to Tukur-led PDP faction, Tochukwu Onwugbufor approached the court with an ex-parte application seeking the court to restrain the Baraje-led PDP faction from parading themselves as the national executives of the party, a move the Baraje-led faction made few days after storming out of the special convention in Abuja and declaring their faction of the PDP. Joined as respondents alongside Baraje,in the suit are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Doctor Sam Jaja and former national secretary of the party, Olagunsoye Oyinlola. The presiding judge, Justice Emma Chukwu however ordered that the respondents be put on notice and that the notice should be served through substituted means. Justice Chukwu, while making the order said he is not afraid of granting an ex-parte application, especially when it is aimed at preventing a state of anarchy but decided to maintain a balance by ordering the respondents to be put on notice.   The court also ordered that the parties should maintain status quo ante bellum, pending the determination of the suit. Justice Chukwu consequently fixed September 12th for the hearing of the motion on notice

Culled from Channels TV

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