Embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, threw the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into disarray today, Monday, when he arrived to resume his chairmanship of the party.
Modu Sheriff, who stormed the Headquarters of the party as early as 7.00am with a retinue of his supporters, was barred from gaining access into the secretariat by the armed policemen stationed at the building.
Trouble began when his convoy was prevented from driving into the premises of the secretariat by the police as a result of which Modu Sheriff alighted from his jeep and addressed a few journalists who were around.
He expressed shock that he was prevented from entering his office as chairman of the party, adding that he relied on the court judgment which was delivered in Lagos that affirmed him as the authentic chairman of the party.
“The party belongs to Nigerians and not the Nigeria Police or the people that were hand-picked at Port-Harcourt by Gov. Wike and his cohorts as the man who is purported to be acting as the National Chairman of the party. One thing remains, there was no convention in Port-Harcourt because I cancelled it.
“I don’t know why the police can say we cannot enter our offices when we have a valid court order to that effect. We will take this matter beyond the Nigeria Police. The law will take its course in this matter.
“When you are talking of a caretaker committee assuming office here last week, the caretaker committee was not known to the constitution of the party while the Board of Trustees, BOT, is only an advisory body in the party. So, none of them has the power to be running the affairs of our party. Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee has no role here. It is an illegal body in the eyes of the law.”
A visibly angry Modu Sheriff asked his driver to drive him to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase at Force Headquarters to direct his men to vacate the premises of the secretariat.
He left his supporters behind, as they drum, dance and display placards at the front of the secretariat. [myad]