Sept 7, 2013 – Police Shut Down New PDP Head Office In Abuja; National Secretary, Prince Oyinlola Calls IGP To Intervene
After obtaining a court injunction on Friday, Abuja police officials have shut down the head office of the New PDP, a break-away group that started after a protest at PDP special convention in Abuja few days ago.
Hours after the closure, Atiku Baraje-Led group has condemn the action taken by the police.
In an official statement released by the national secretary of the new PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola said security forces were mobilized to seal off the office on Saturday based on a non-existent court injunction which the Tukur faction claimed to have obtained on Friday.
Read the official statement below;
“The whole world knows that Justice E. Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday refused to grant Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s application for an ex parte injunction against our party’s executive. The Judge asked parties to maintain the status quo. His judgement was a reinforcement of an early order of the Lagos High Court which also asked parties to maintain the status quo. Now, should Nigerians conclude that Tukur’s interpretation of status quo is this crude display of naked power and undisguised impunity?
“We are not at all surprised at this occurrence given the fact that Tukur issued a statement on Friday evening deliberately seeking to mislead the media and the public that Justice Chukwu granted him an injunction against us. We are happy that the ever vigilant Nigerian press ignored him and his falsehood. Now, he is not only willfully disobeying the various courts which have made pronouncements on this matter, he is spicing up his love for impunity with this reckless misuse of state power by misleading the police.
“We call for an immediate removal of the siege to our secretariat. We call on the Inspector General of police to order the immediate removal of his men from our office. Doing so, we believe, will serve the interest of justice, rule of law and democracy. We say police action in this respect is a clear contempt of court and an affront on the rights of members of the party. Nigeria is a country ruled by law and not by might and force.
“We hasten to say that if this move is aimed at breaking our spirit, that goal is definitely off the mark. We are determined to rescue our party from the lawlessness and crass arrogance that have defined the character of the Tukur leadership since inception. Our party needs that deliverance, its members deserve the change we have brought into it,”.
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola
Nigerian politicians and their dirty political game.