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Sacked Sheriff storms PDP National Secretariat; attempts to take over

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
Barely two weeks after the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) officially handed over the party’s administration to the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led interim National Executive Committee, sacked National Chairman, Alhaji Modu Sheriff, Monday, stormed the Abuja office, insisting he remains the leader.
This is also as armed security operatives have, for the second time in the same period, sealed off entrance to the Wadata Complex National Secretariat of the party in Abuja following the commotion.
Sheriff, some of his aides and supporters attempted to enter the building but were prevented from doing so by the security personnel.
The former chairman, who arrived at the party secretariat in company with former National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo; and ex-National Auditor, Adeyanju Adewole, said he was at there to resume as Chairman based on an order obtained from a Court in Lagos.
Trucks and minivans belonging to the Police have barricaded all roads leading to and out of the secretariat.
Sheriff and his convoy however manoeuvred their way to reach the main gate before they were stopped.
In response to questions from journalists at the scene, Sheriff expressed surprise that policemen would act the way they did when the court order specifically ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide him and members of his team adequate security.
“The Party belongs to Nigerians and not the Nigeria police or the people that were handpicked at Port Harcourt by Governor (Nyesom) Wike and his cohorts as the man who purported 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 assuming office here last week, the caretaker committee was not known to the constitution of the party while the Board of Trustees is only an advisory body in the party, so none of them has the power to be running the affairs of our party. (The) Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee has no role here, it is an illegal body in the eyes of the law.”
As of 11:33am, Sheriff explained that he was still trying to reach the IGP, Solomon Arase, to enforce the court order.
His supporters were seen displaying various placards around the secretariat drumming and dancing to solidarity songs.

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