The Borno State chapter of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has debunked media reports that its secretariat in Maiduguri has been demolished by Borno State government.
The party maintained that the so-called chieftain that told the press that PDP secretariat was demolished is not known to Borno PDP, saying that the demolished structure at Shehuri where former Premiere Cinema is situated was never a PDP secretariat as the only known PDP secretariat is around the old UTC which everyone knows.
This was disclosed to newsmen yesterday by the youth leader of PDP in Borno central, Umar Sanda in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Sanda, who represented Maiduguri Metropolitan Council as member of the State PDP Caretaker Committee before the party became factionalized, said the clarification became necessary in view of misleading reports that is capable of destabilising the peace in Maiduguri.
“I have been receiving calls from some of our PDP members in local government areas within Borno State, and some members outside the state, asking me whether it was true that the PDP state secretariat in Maiduguri has been demolished.
“As early as 7am, I rushed to our state secretariat located in Wulari, off Sir Kashim Ibrahim Way, around the old UTC which everyone knows to be our state headquarters in Maiduguri within the last 15 years, and I saw it intact.
“In fact, I took pictures of the headquarters for anyone to see. To the best of our knowledge, no PDP building has been demolished by anyone, not even any land was revoked. We do not know about the existence of any other PDP state secretariat apart from the one everyone knows around the UTC,” Sanda said.
He noted that if the PDP state secretariat was actually demolished, there would have been no peace in Borno today because, no one would expect silence from millions of PDP youth supporters in Borno as well as strong leaders that include former governors, former ministers, former senators and former House of Representatives members, including former chief executives of federal boards, agencies.
Continuing he said: “The so-called PDP chieftain that was quoted as haven said our state secretariat was demolished is not even known to those of us that have been in PDP since the party was formed.
“The fact is that some people have entered into our party and created factions just to create confusion. We have been in court and the court has given an order restraining any group from claiming leadership of the PDP.
“It is therefore impossible for discussions as sensitive as changing the state secretariat of the PDP to have taken place when the contention on the leadership of the PDP in Borno State is yet to be resolved. Members of the public are strongly advised to disregard that mischievous information.”
“For the purpose of emphasis, no PDP secretariat was demolished in Borno State. The story is totally false, misleading and mischievous. The aim is to cause disaffection and pretense by some to be in control of leadership of the PDP in the state and weep up political sentiments across the country which would ultimately destabilize emerging peace in Borno State.
“The PDP as we know, has always worked for Nigeria’s prosperity under an atmosphere of peace and we are determined to win all future elections at the national and state levels.”