BoT petitions police over Sheriff’s forceful takeover of PDP secretariat

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party has petitioned the police over the alleged forceful entrance into the party’s national secretariat by the national leadership of the party.

Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, who disclosed this while speaking with our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, said that it was wrong for the PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to have entered the secretariat forcefully.

Sheriff, had on Friday in Abuja, led some other members of his national working committee to gain entrance into the building by allegedly breaking the locks.

He said he was acting on the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which declared him as the authentic national chairman of the party.

However, Jibrin said that it was wrong for the national chairman of the party to have taken such a step when the matter was still before the Supreme Court.

Besides, he added that Sheriff was aware that the keys to the national secretariat were with the BoT, wondering why Sheriff did not ask for them.

He said, “We have sent petitions to the police to report the forceful entrance into the building by Sheriff. He was aware that the keys were with the BoT.

“Apart from this, he is also aware that the matter is before the Supreme Court. Why then is the rush? The Police must help us protect the building.”

In his reaction, Sheriff, who spoke through the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bernard Mikko, said, “Sheriff and his NWC have fully assumed administrative control and machinery of the party, including its assets and liabilities, in line with our party’s constitution and electoral mandate.”

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