Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CPC headquarters gets 7 days ultimatum to quit

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has been given seven days by its pioneer national chairman, Senator Rufai Hanga to vacate his building hosting the party’s national secretariat or be forcefully ejected.

The party however in a swift reaction said Hanga’s action is unexpected of a founding party chieftain.

Former national publicity secretary of the CPC, Aghanya Dennis, yesterday in Abuja in an e-mail said the party’s national secretariat was served a seven-day quit notice by Senator Hanga through the Federal High Court, Abuja last Friday, adding that the court bailiff who served the notice was initially locked out from the premises before he was later allowed entry.

“This was a follow up to the reminder notice earlier served the party by Alex Marama, solicitor to Senator Hanga, informing the party of his client’s intention to take possession of his building which the rent paid by the party expired on the 31st of December, 2011 according to the agreement between Senator Hanga, who is the landlord and the party’s representatives; former deputy national chairman, Dr Almajiri Geidam and the national treasurer, Hon. Hadi Sirika,” Dennis said.

He said the CPC failed to indicate interest to renew its tenancy three months to the expiration of their rent which therefore meant a discontinuation of their intention to maintain the property.

But national publicity secretary of the CPC, Rotimi Fashakin, told Daily Trust on phone last night that the controversy has been mis-represented by the landlord as the party paid N30 million to Hanga for the building.

Fashakin said: “After his botched attempt to use the CPC’s platform to govern Kano State, he (Hanga) became very abrasive and used all means to embarrass the party. The latest was the quit notice. Being a rent issue, we approached the court for judicial determination. It would be preposterous for him to employ extra-judicial means to do forceful eviction of the party. In the process of entrenching the PDP agenda, he had caused the CPC’s account to be frozen with the attendant huge financial difficulties. These acts are, definitely, uncharacteristic of a founding party chieftain.”

Source- Daily trust

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