Federal Government Begins Clampdown on New PDP Members

The Federal Government may have tactically commenced a total clampdown on members of the New Peoples Democratic Party. Already, an event centre, A-Park, own by Senator Aisha Al-Hassan, a staunch member of the faction of the ruling party located near OAU Quarters in Maitama, Abuja, has been marked for demolition. Our correspondent gathered that Al-Hassan had been served a notice of demolition by the Federal Capital Territory.  Al-Hassan, who hails from Taraba State, however, insisted that she was given permission to build the event centre, adding that she might be forced to approach the court to stop the demolition.

But the Special Assistant to the Minister of FCT on Media, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi, said that the senator was just given a temporary permit, which he said forbade her from erecting a permanent structure on the land. He said the senator also signed an undertaking to vacate the land anytime the authority needed it. He said, “The operator was given a temporary permit only which forbids her from erecting a permanent structure on the site. The recreation facility is located on the Transit Way Corridor. “The owner signed a written undertaking three years ago, in 2010, to vacate the place anytime the Transit Way project commences. “She was never given a permanent allocation to use the place as a park, a garden or a recreation centre. It was just somewhere she was allowed to use temporarily and that explains why she signed an undertaking to vacate since 2010. “Now, the Transit Way project is in progress, the agreement she signed to quit comes into force while the land reverts to its original purpose, which is Transit Way. The reversion is in the overall public interest and in keeping with the provisions of the Abuja Master Plan.”

Also tasting the might of the government was a former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje,whose security details were said to have been withdrawn. It was also gathered that the Police in Bayelsa State had declared the chairman of the faction in the state, Chief Richard Kpodo and secretary, Sivi Godswill wanted. Apart from them, other members of the party in the state were said to have been declared wanted for allegedly belonging to a political party alien to the Independent National Electoral Commission.



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