PDP Crisis Mob clash at party secretariat

The national secretariat of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) was in a frenzy on
Friday, June 17, 2016 as angry supporters
of the two major interest groups occupied
the area.
When Pulse.ng » arrived the Wadata Plaza,
the mob, mostly young males between the
ages of 18 and 25 were seen armed with
sticks, stones and cutlasses.
“Sheriff must go!” “Sheriff is our choice!” They
said singing different songs and chanting party
slogans.
Upon investigation, it was discovered they
were supporters of immediate past chairman
of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the
Caretaker Committee chairman, Ahmed
Makarfi.
“These people have been here since Monday.
After Makarfi left here on Tuesday, his
supporters locked the gates to the building and
handed over the keys to the chairman of the
Board of Trustees. In the night, Sheriff’s
people came and destroyed the locks,” a
source told our correspondent.
The source who spoke on the condition of
anonymity said the protesters have been
receiving a daily payment of N1500.
“As you can see, these politicians are just
taking advantage of these boys. Their thugs
will just get these boys who don’t have jobs to
do, pay them N1500 everyday for them to
waste away here. If you come here later, you
will see them drinking and smoking their lives
away,” he said.
Attempts to speak with the protesters was
unsuccessful as they could barely speak in
English language. However, Chibuike
Nwachukwu who identified himself as the
PDP youth leader is of the view that Sheriff
was hired by the APC » to destroy the PDP.
He however denied allegations that he hired
the crowd to drum support for Makarfi.
“We are not in support of Sheriff or Makarfi
but we are here to protect the party which is
the platform we have as future leaders.
“We were here till all the national working
committee members left and we locked the
building and handed the key over to the BoT
chairman. In the evening, Sheriff’s group
reinforced themselves, came back and
destroyed the locks.
“All we want is that Sheriff should leave PDP
alone if he cannot maintain peace. How can we
Edo and Ondo elections coming up. How can
we win these election with this crisis? We
believe that Sheriff was hired by the APC to
destroy our party, ” he said angrily.
A security operative who has been on ground
to maintain law and order at the premises
stated that Wale Oladipo and Deji Adeyanju
(both Sherrif’s supporters) narrowly escaped
death on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
He said both men drove out in Oladipo’s car
through the gate of the neighbouring Sky
Memorial Complex to avoid encounters with
the irate crowd. Adeyaju was said to have
abandoned his Toyota Camry with registration
number Lagos – APP 767CK in the premises.
“We had to intervene, else they would have
destroyed Deji’s car” he said.
Ali Modu Sheriff » had declared himself as
the authentic chairman » of the PDP after
he gained entrance » into the party
secretariat on Monday, June 13.

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