Independent National Electoral Commission has declined to recognize the new PDP; in a letter by the commission with reference number INEC /LEG/PDP/19/111.25 dated October 2, 2013 and signed by the Acting Secretary of the Commission, U.F Usman insisted on the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the authentic leadership of the National Working Committee of the party.
The Commission’s letter was a reply to the Baraje faction’s letter to the commission, in which it informed INEC on the “change of leadership” within the party.
The said letter was written governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola .
The letter INEC reads thus; ” Commission acknowledges the receipt of your letter dated September 1 and 23 2013 respectively wherein you requested the commission’s recognition of the Abubakar Baraje faction of the newly elected National Working Committee.
“You will recall the commission monitored the national convention, and the special national convention of the PDP held on March 12 2012 and August 31 2013 respectively which took place at the Eagle Square Abuja, after notices to the commission.
“A National Working Committee was elected at the two conventions wherein Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the national chairman.
“The commission will not withdraw recognition from the leadership of the PDP elected at the election duly monitored by the commission.”