By Henry Umoru
The crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) took a turn for the worse, Saturday, after the police sealed off the office of the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction.
The police put the office, situated at Plot 3206A, No 4, Oyi River Crescent, Maitama, Abuja under lock and key.
The PDP broke into two penultimate Saturday after a group of members, led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and six governors namely, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Adbdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Babangida (Niger), Aliyu Magatakadar Wammako (Sokoto), Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), staged a walk out from the party’s special national convention holding at the Eagle Square and, less than one hour later, announced the emergence of their own faction of the PDP and named some members as top officials of the party.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has since joined the group to make the `rebel’ governors seven.
The Baraje faction, aka New PDP, described the siege by the police to its office as a flagrant violation of a court that stopped the Alhaji Bamangar Tukur-led PDP from interfering with its affairs.
It faulted the police action which it said was executed on the grounds of a non-existent court injunction which the Tukur-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP claimed to have obtained on Friday.
But the Tukur NWC hailed the police action which, according to it, was in response to the court order.
The sealed factional PDP secretariat was said to have been inspected by Baraje and Lamido on Friday ahead of its formal commissioning anytime this week.