Leadership Tussle: Sheriff takes over PDP Secretariat
The crisis-rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday took another dimension as the embattled National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff took over the national secretariat.
Sheriff eventually gained entry into the party’s national headquarters after three attempts.
He had earlier stormed the party in the morning at about 7:28 am but was prevented from gaining entry by armed police men.
After his second attempt at about 11:58 am that was not also successful, Sheriff left the party premises around 12:25pm without also gaining entrance.
He came back about 1:20pm and was finally allowed to enter the secretariat. This was even as he had succeeded in entering into the party presidential campaign office, the Legacy House.
Addressing newsmen shortly after gaining entry into the complex, Sheriff, who was in company of two members of the party National Working Committee (NWC) that were sacked at the convention, the National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo and National Auditor, Adewole Adeyanju, insisted that he remain the party National Chairman till 2018, adding that members from the other camp, including the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, the Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Senator Walid Jubrin, who he said had called him two times and others are welcome on board.
Speaking on why he had not taken over the party after the national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he was sacked, Sheriff said it would be height of self-deceit to say there is no crisis in the party.
“I will therefore consider it the height of self-deceit for anyone to pretend that the PDP is not in crisis, but also wish to assure you that, we have been working round the clock to see how we can resolve the matter, without being on the wrong side of the law.
“It is public knowledge that, although there was an order by the Federal High Court in Lagos, declaring me the authentic National Chairman of the PDP, I have kept away from taking steps that could jeopardize the law following an ex-parte order from the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which had given a contradictory order, restraining me from operating as the Chairman of our party notwithstanding some further orders from the Federal High Court Lagos, specifically directing the inspector General of Police to provide me with adequate security to enable me carry my duties.