The embattled national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu-Sheriff has revealed why he resumed work as national chairman at the party’s secretariat today, June 13.
Inuwa Bwala, the special assistant to Modu-Sheriff said his principal resumed work following the elapsed court injunction on him.
He said the initial refusal of the chairman’s access into the party’s building by security operatives was due to lack of communication between the inspector general of police, Solomon Arase and police personnel deployed to the party’s secretariat.
“He is in his office in Wadata Plaza as we speak now, there was some initial hiccups when he came in; and that was because the IGP had not been able to communicate to the officer in charge of the secretariat to allow us in,” Bwala said.
He said: “But immediately we sorted out ourselves and the IGP communicated with his men ground he was allowed in and he is now in his office.”
Bwala said the national chairman stayed away from the part’ys secretariat because of a court’s ex parte injunction which has expired.
He said: “He said he stayed away from the party because there was a contrary court’s injunction and that the injunction had elapsed, the life span of an ex parte injunction is 14 days and that ended since June 9.”
He added that with a valid court order which his principal possesses he has the authority to assume office.
“Now with the valid court order which he had before proclaiming him as the authentic chairman of the PDP, he came and with the court paper and assumed duty,” Bwala said.
Bwala also said that Modu-Sherriff mission to the party’s secretariat is to meet with party members and fashion ways to handle the crisis within the party.
He said: “He has come to heal the wounds created by crisis, he has called upon every member of the party who is aggrieved in any way or who has issues with anyone to come forward so that we can put our hands together and work as a party; it belongs to all of us.”
Earlier today, Modu-Sherriff was denied entrance into the PDP secretariat located at Wadata Plaza in Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.
Crisis went deep in the party during the last national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers state when some governors sacked Modu-Sherriff and appointed former Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Makarfi as it acting national chairman, dividing the party into two factions – the Makarfi-led faction of PDP and the Ali Modu-Sherriff-led faction of the PDP.