Protest As PDP’s National Secretariat, Abuja Remains Under Lock And Key

By Ikenga Chronicles January 3, 2017

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Staff Welfare Forum on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest demanding for the unconditional re-opening of the party’s National Secretariat by the Police.

Recall that the party’s national secretariat has remained under lock and key for eight months because of the lingering leadership crisis rocking the PDP since May 2016

The Secretary of the Forum, Mr Dan Ochubaiye, said the appeal became necessary in order to enable the party to discharge its responsibilities.

“It may be recalled that no court in the country gave the order for the lock-down of the PDP National Secretariat by the Nigerian Police Force.

“We, therefore, demand the immediate and unconditional reopening of the Secretariat to allow the staffers to enter their offices for routine party activities.

“It is only fair and just for the staffers to be allowed into their legitimate offices while the Police are duty-bound to provide adequate security for them as provided in the Nigerian constitution.’’

Ochubaiye also expressed concern over the delay in resolving the party’s lingering leadership crisis.

“The PDP staff welfare forum while appreciating the Judiciary again appealed to them to speedily dispense justice as concerns pending PDP cases before the court in order to save our Democracy from gradually degenerating into a one party state.

“The forum frowned at the incessant petitions by a party in the case and described it as a delay tactic to subvert justice.

“The staff of the secretariat believed that the delay is only beneficial to the petitioner, who clearly is being sponsored by the (opposition) ruling party.

“The staff of the PDP National Secretariat holds the Judiciary in high esteem and believe in it to remain unbiased and dispense justice that will maintain the sanctity and independence of the rule of law and the court.’’

The employees, according to Ochubaiye, however, restate their loyalty to the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

“We call on all the organs and stakeholders in the party to urgently support the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee in all ramifications.

Ochubaiye, who did not disclose if PDP staffers were being owed salaries, said the situation of the employees was unfortunate after the party lost the last general elections.

Contributing, a senior staff of the party, Mr Samson Imafidon, said the demand for the reopening of the secretariat was informed by the need to start work in the New Year and put an end to idleness.

“We are not people who will be comfortable at home even when you are paid salaries. We want to work.

“We are responsible staff our duty is to work for the party. Even if we are paid the whole money we needed and then we are not working, we are not comfortable at home and this is a new year.

“So, we felt it was unreasonable for anybody to think that we are comfortable at home and not working even when we are paid at the end of the month.

“We want to work and that is why we are here.”

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