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Police Reopen PDP National Headquarters

Men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), yesterday, vacated the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

The secretariat of the party was ‎taken over by the police nine days ago as a result of leadership tussle.

Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Ambassador Ojo Madueke, told Daily Trust in a telephone interview, yesterday, that the reopening of the secretariat was meant for workers to resume their work today.

“Yes, we appealed to the police to open the building for our workers to resume work today,” ‎he said.

He, however, did not tell who would take charge as interim chairman of the party.

He said that the BoT would address the secretariat workers and concerned stakeholders‎ on the latest development in the party today.

The secretariat was shut by the police shortly after the emergence of ‎three chairmen from parallel conventions organised by two factions in the party.

While Senator Ahmed Makarfi emerged as chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee from the convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a former deputy Senate president, Ibrahim Mantu and Prof Tunde Adeniran emerged as co-chairmen from the Abuja convention, which was spearheaded by a former minister of information, Professor Jerry Gana.

It would be recalled that the embattled chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who was at the Port Harcourt convention, announced the postponement of the exercise, citing litigations as his reason.

However, other party chieftains said Sheriff took the decision when it was evident that he would be ousted at the convention, which was hijacked by ten out of the 12 PDP governors who had parted ways with Sheriff.

Despite the reopening of the secretariat, there were still security operatives at the entrance to the secretariat, who screened visitors before allowing them to enter the building.

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