On two fronts Thursday, the splinter group in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the New PDP, suffered setbacks in its quest to wrest control of the party from the mainstream group, led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. On the political front, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declined to recognise the New PDP, led by the ruling party’s former acting National Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, and having in its fold seven governors as well as former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, among others.
The New PDP was formed in August as the crisis in the ruling party reached a head during its special national convention in Abuja with Atiku and others walking out of the convention to announce the birth of the faction. On the legal front, a Lagos High Court struck out a suit brought by the New PDP against Tukur and three others, for want of jurisdiction.
But in a swift reaction, the New PDP said it would re-file the case in Abuja since it was struck out only on technical ground as the court did not consider the merit or otherwise of the suit. INEC, in a letter dated October 2, a copy of which THISDAY obtained yesterday, the commission affirmed its recognition of Tukur as the authentic leader of the PDP’s National Working Committee (NWC).