The action of a splinter group led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and seven other governors to form a parallel national executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as treacherous by the legitimately recognized National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Tukur, who spoke last night with newsmen at the Eagle’s square, venue of the ruling party’s special national convention in Abuja, said the party does not recognize a parallel faction.
He said: “The PDP does not recognise any parallel party. Those who staged the walk out and organised a kangaroo meeting are all self-seeking and treacherous individuals pursuing neither regional nor religious agenda except their own agenda, except their own personal interest.
“Their attempt to create a parallel party is illegal; unlawful as there are no crises within the PDP whatsoever. They were all active participants in the setting up of this convention. And many of them were with the President and rode with him to the convention venue and joined them in the salutation of all the delegates including their state delegates.
“The PDP is studying the situation as it unfolds and will deal decisively as the situation warrants.
“It is obvious that they are creating crisis where there is none to give the impression that the party is divided. This in their thinking will allow them persuade loyal members of the National Assembly to cross carpet with them. We will resist this.”