Sheriff breaks into PDP secretariat, says he remains national chairman

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

Their seems to be no end in sight in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the embattled former National Chairman, Ali-Modu Sheriff is insisting that he remains the chairman of the party until 2018.

Sheriff alongside his former secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo and other stormed the headquarters of the PDP as early as 7 am on Monday morning but was refused entry by security agencies.

He was later allowed to enter the secretariat, but drove off shortly after to see the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase.

In a chat with journalists outside the headquarters premises, Sheriff maintained that a court ruling has refused to recognize the Ahmad Makarfi-led caretaker committee and as such, he remains the chairman of the party.

“All the judgments that are available today recognize us as the sole chairman of this party. We have a court order in our hands to allow us to go into our office…”

Sheriff however was not pleased that security agencies, especially officers and men of the Nigerian police force were stationed at the gates of the party secretariat in order to stop him from entering the premises.

He explained that there was a truce between the IGP and the conflicting factions of the PDP that nobody should be allowed in until all the court cases have been decided, but according to him, “the IGP decided to take the laws into his hands and allow the wrong people in.”

Sheriff, however said he and his followers will remain law abiding as he would not allow miscreants to turn the protest into a violent one.

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