Sunday, 22 May 2016

Armed operatives take over PDP secretariat


Armed security personnel have sealed the headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Channels television reports.

The security operatives are preventing the opposition party members from getting into their headquarters.

One of the security men, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were directed to seal off the premises.

He did not, however, say who gave the directive to seal the PDP headquarters or the reason behind their action.

The development, however, may be connected with the ongoing leadership crisis in the PDP.

On Saturday, the party removed its National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and set up a Caretaker Committee.

His removal came on the same day the party had scheduled to hold a national convention.

At the venue of the convention, the former Chairman announced a postponement of the convention, but the Vice Chairman said the convention would continue as planned, showing internal leadership rancor.

The Caretaker Committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State, was mandated to elect a new National Working Committee for the party within three months.

Other members of the committee are;

Senator Ben Obi – Secretary
Senator Ugbesia – Member
Sen Abdul Ningi – Member
Prince Dayo Adeyeye – Member
Aisha Aliyu – Member
Barrister Usman – Member

After he was removed, Senator Sheriff said “the PDP Convention stands cancelled owing to court injunctions” and called the exercise of Saturday a ‘charade and illegal’

 

 Sheriff had ordered the convention cancelled and asked delegates to go home, following a series of court injunctions stopping the convention and the the election of principal officers of the party.

 

There are now 3 PDP factions: Ahmed Makarfi, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ibrahim Mantu who conducted

 

another parallel convention of the party in Abuja  .

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