Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 13 June 2016 | 2,901 times
Aggrieved immediate past interim chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, this morning threw Wadata Plaza, the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), located at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, into chaos.
Modu Sheriff, who was recently removed at a non-elective congress in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is insisting that he remains in charge. He stormed Wadata Plaza with a horde of supporters, intent on taking over the place, but prevented by some security operatives on duty from gaining entrance into the secretariat.
Addressing reports outside Wadata Plaza, Modu Sheriff insisted that he remains the chairman of the party until 2018 and decried the presence of policemen with arms at the party’s office.
He added that the court did not recognise the constitution of the caretaker committee headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
His words: “As you may be aware, that we have been facing some challenges since we put off the national convention in Port Harcourt last month.
“We, therefore, consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis.
“But I want to assure you that we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter without being on the wrong side of the law.
“All the judgments that are available today recognise us as the sole chairman of this party.
“We have a court order in our hand to allow us to go into our office but the inspector general of police, after having a truce with him that nobody should be allowed until we have decided, he decided to take the law into his hands and allow the wrong people.”
Modu Sheriff also threatened to enforce his rights to the office beyond the blockade by the police, saying: “We will be law abiding, but Nigeria Police is made for Nigerian people to observe the rule of law.
“The law clearly stated that the Inspector General of Police should give us police to go into the office, but he brought platoon of police to block the office.
“We will go back because we do not want some miscreants to take the law into their hands.
“We will wait and take the mater beyond Nigeria Police Force.”
•Photo shows Wadata Plaza.
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