National Leader of CPC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The leadership of the Congress for Progressive Change has said it might be forced to drag the factional group led by Senator Rufai Hanga to court for threatening the peace and stability of the party.
A top member of the party told THISDAY that arrangements were on to file a suit against the recalcitrant members and some expelled officers who he said had constituted themselves into a nuisance to the peaceful operation of the party.
The national leader of CPC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, had paid a solidarity visit to the party headquarters last Thursday, during which he condemned the action of the splinter group had passed a resolution sacking all the members of the national executive of the party.
The former Head of State said he will never support anarchy and that nobody should constitute himself or herself into an authority to dismiss elected party executives even before the expiration of their tenure.
The decision to go court may have forestalled any further move by the factional group to make good their threat of taking over the party office to enforce their resolution sacking the Prince Tony Momoh-led national executive.
THISDAY gathered that as part of efforts to shore-up the confidence and integrity of the party, which has been terribly battered since the last general election, the national executive committee made the move to convince Buhari to come and give it support. It was also learnt that the leaders held discussions immediately Buhari left the party office that Thursday during which it was suggested that a legal solution be adopted to prevent the Hanga group from doing further damage to the party.
The source told THISDAY yesterday that the party was emboldened by the show of solidarity by Buhari and had decided to press on with the legal action to permanently silence the factional group.
“We felt it is time to take legal action to check the disruptive activities of this group. As you know, the national leader of the party, Buhari has condemned the move by the rebellious group as illegal and unconstitutional,” he said.