National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday took over control of the party’s national secretariat of the party, popularly called Wadata Plaza.
But the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP has described the entry of Sheriff to the premises as illegal adding that it was provocative. Makarfi stated that Sheriff should be held responsible for any loss of documents or damage to the property within the party secretariat.
Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State, entered the premises of the hitherto sealed the National Secretariat at exactly 6pm, accompanied by his major ally, Sen. Buruji Kashamu.
The national chairman, who spent 15mins at the premises, said he will formally resume office on Monday, adding that he had come to access the nature of repairs to be made.
Members of him National Working Committee (NWC) and associates had arrived 20 mins before he came. They include his deputy, Cairo Ojougboh, former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma, Bernard Mikko, National Auditor, Wole Adeyanju.
The popular Wadata Plaza was closed by security agents since June last year, in a bid to forestall a breakdown of law and order as supporters of the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP and Sheriff’s camp had almost clashed at the premises.
Sheriff had disclosed on Wednesday that the party national secretariat, would be reopened to him before Friday (today). He said all security agencies have been officially communicated about the court judgement.
On arrival at the Secretariat, yesterday, a carpenter was brought in to break the rusty keys to the gate and the entrance of the building before Sheriff could go in. Expectedly, dust and cobwebs were visible in the premises.