PDP sec­re­tariat re­mains closed three weeks af­ter

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The na­tional sec­re­tariat of the PDP in Abuja re­mains closed for more than three weeks af­ter it was sealed for the sec­ond time by op­er­a­tives of the Nige­ria Po­lice Force (NPF).

The party's head­quar­ters was ear­lier taken over by the po­lice on May 21, 2016, fol­low­ing a lead­er­ship tus­sle be­tween se­na­tors Ali Modu Sher­iff and Ahmed Makarfi, who were en­meshed in a le­gal bat­tle with each fight­ing to be de­clared by the court as the au­then­tic chair­man of the party.

The sec­re­tariat was re­opened for some days but shut again when it was ev­i­dent that the lead­er­ship tus­sle showed no sign of sub­sid­ing. Our cor­re­spon­dent, who vis­ited the PDP head­quar­ters, yes­ter­day, saw po­lice­men bar­ri­cad­ing all the en­try points into the build­ing. The po­lice, who were sta­tioned in strate­gic lo­ca­tions, used some of their ve­hi­cles to block roads lead­ing to the sec­re­tariat.

How­ever, one of the se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives at­tached to the party's head­quar­ters told our cor­re­spon­dent that the build­ing would be re­opened for busi­ness yes­ter­day, but that did not hap­pen up to the time of fil­ing this re­port.

How­ever, some chief­tains of the party have ap­pealed to Sher­iff and Makarfi to shift grounds and reach an am­i­ca­ble set­tle­ment of the mat­ter.

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