Makarfi set to resume today as Wike explains why Sheriff should go

CRISIS rocking the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, took a
new twist yesterday as heavily
armed anti-riot and regular
policemen numbering over 25
took over the national secretariat
of the party located at the
Michael Okpara Street, Abuja.
The party’s National Working
Committee, NWC, led by Senator
Ali Modu Sheriff was sacked
by the national convention but
members of the NWC have since
described their sack as illegal.
The policemen, who were very
civil, condoned off the two sides
of the adjourning Dalaba Street
with two big trucks and four
Toyota hilux vans stationed at
both ends to ward off vehicular
About two big police trucks,
three hilux vehicles and some
roving cars were strategically
stationed on the Michael Okpara
and Dalaba Streets, indicating
that the policemen mobilised to
the party secretariat.
The usual security guards
made up of policemen, men
of the Nigerian Security
and Civil Defence Corps,
NSCDC, and private guards
that provide security for the
premises were nowhere when
our correspondent visited the
When the reporters who were
invited for a press briefing
attempted to enter the premises,
one of the policemen said it was
not allowed.
Another, a Sergeant who spoke
to our reporter, said “it was order
from above, specifically from the
highest echelon of the party.”
The Sergeant stated that they
were drawn from their base in
Kubwa, Abuja, on the orders of
the Inspector General of Police
and were told that the party
officials were to hold a meeting.
The director general of the PDP
Governors Forum, Mr Osaro
Onaiwu who came around to
observer the takeover of the
premises, told journalists that he
came “to see what is happening
at the party secretariat.”
According to him, he got
privilege information that a
parallel National Working
Committee is to be hosted at the
secretariat, wondering who had
called the meeting.
“Makarfi as the chairman of
the caretaker committee has not
called any meeting and therefore
none should hold in the party
secretariat,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Pilot
gathered last night that the new
caretaker committee headed
by Senator Ahmed Makarfi
wouldformally resume at the PDP
national secretariat following
their inauguration at the national
convention of the party held in
Port Harcourt on Saturday.
In a related development, the
chairman of the 2016 Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, National
Convention Planning Committee
and Rivers State governor,
Nyesom Wike has explained
that the party had to let former
acting national chairman, Senator
Ali Modu Sheriff, go because his
leadership was destabilising the
In an interview on Saturday
night after the 2016 National
Convention in Port Harcourt,
Governor Wike said: “All along,
the crisis has been about the
former acting chairman whose emergence was strongly
“This is destabilising the
party and so we had to let him
go. What is important is the
party and not the individual.
No sacrifice is too much for
anyone to make as far as PDP is
He noted that he had no
personal interest in supporting
Senator Modu Sheriff as he was
the best option at the time he
He said that PDP would
continue to grow from strength
to strength as it remained the
only hope for the country.
Wike said: “We will not
allow the PDP to die or suffer
divisions under our watch.
History will never forgive us if
we watch the party die.”
The governor said that the
party leaders would work
towards maintaining unity
amongst all members of the
He said despite the
challenges, the 2016 National
Convention was successful as
the party had been repositioned
in the interest of the nation