Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The Nigerian Police Force has reduced its presence at the National Secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), also known as Wadata House, in Abuja where it had occupied since Sunday as the party leadership tussle degenerated into various factions.
The Police withdrew two of its heavy duty trucks with which it cordoned access to the entrance of the secretariat of the party at both ends of Dalaba street Wuse zone 5.
Staffers at the party secretariat, who resumed work Tuesday morning, had remained restricted to their respective cars at the space provided across the street used as car park.
It was observed that at about 5:15pm Tuesday, the two trucks which blocked the Michael Okpara and Algiers ends of Dalaba were driven out of the roads while the Hilux trucks maintained their position blocking the entrance to the Wadata House.
It would be recalled that Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, had ordered the police to seal off the premises of the PDP to prevent possible breakdown of law and order.
Earlier, a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, had directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to recognize the National Caretaker Committee appointed by the 2016 National Convention of the party, in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016.
Justice A.M. Liman had while ruling on Suit NO: FHC/PH/CS/524/2016, said: “Leave is hereby granted to the applicant herein to issue as ‘concurrent ‘ the originating summons and other processes in this suit are for service on the defendants /respondents herein outside the jurisdiction of this court at Abuja.
The Federal High Court, Port Harcourt also restrained Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, Professor Adewole Oladipo and other sacked members of the National Working Committee and National Executive Committee from parading themselves as officials of the PDP.
The court further ruled: “Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Professor Adewole Oladipo, the members of the National Executive Committee and Members of the National Working Committee and Members of the National Working Committee of the PDP who were removed from office by the National Convention of the PDP held on Saturday, the 21st Day of May 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State be and are hereby restrained from parading/ holding out or continuing to hold themselves out either individually or collectively as the Chairman, Secretary or National Officer or member of the National Executive Committee or National Working Committee of the PDP.
“Nor do anything howsoever to negate or frustrate the decisions reached at the said convention, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice”.