Zamfara PDP challenges secretariat demolition notice

Colonel Bala Mande, Zamfara PDP chairman

Colonel Bala Mande, Zamfara PDP chairman

By Shuaib Sadiq/Gusau

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it had instituted a suit challenging Zamfara Urban Regional and Planning Board (ZUREP) for marking the party’s state secretariat in Gusau for demolition.

Col. Bala Mande retired, the state Caretaker Chairman, stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after the party’s executive meeting at the secretariat on Wednesday.

Mande, a former Chief of Staff to Gov. Bello Matawalle had remained in the PDP after the governor formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on June 27.

According to him, marking of the party secretariat for demolition was mischievous and an attempt to harass and intimidate the party members and officials.

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“The PDP members are law abiding citizens and we have approached a competent court to seek redress over the matter.”

Mande urged supporters of the PDP to remain law abiding and refrain from taking the law into their hands.

In the suit filed before Zamfara High Court sitting in Gusau, the PDP is among others asking the court set aside the Oct. 29 notice of demolition given by ZUREP and declare it as illegal.

It also prayed the court to compel the defendant to pay the party the sum of N60 million as damages.

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