Thursday, June 16, 2016

Youth Leader Takes Over PDP Secretariat As Party Chieftains Escape Mob Attack

The crisis of the main opposition party of Nigeria, PDP remains unending as another chieftain has laid claim to the seat of the national chairman of the party.
 
DailyTrust reports that one Aderemi Olusegun who fronts as the leader of the Concerned Peoples Democratic Party Youths (CPDPY) has imposed himself as the national chairman of the People's Democratic Party putting him at par with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the former governor of Kaduna state, Ahmed Makarfi.
 
According to reports, Olusegun on Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the warring groups within the party to put the house in order as he stormed the Wadata house in Abuja.

Olusegun warned the embattled chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and the caretaker chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, not to go close to the secretariat.

The PDP national secretary and national auditor, Professor Wale Oladipo and Adewole Adeyanju, respectively, who were part of the National Working Committee (NWC) members sacked recently in Port Harcourt, narrowly escaped being lynched by the angry youths, who discovered that the two officials remained seated in their offices at the secretariat.

A correspondent, who monitored the entire drama, observed that the two officials of the party, having understood the implication and gravity of the protest inside the secretariat, attempted to go out secretly, but were trapped by the angry protesters.

Some of the protesters declared that Oladipo and Adeyanji must be dealt with for remaining in their office along with Sheriff, after the expiration of their tenure.

They claimed this was a move to destroy the party ahead of the Edo, Ondo states governorship election and the 2019 general elections. An eywwitness overheard Oladipo begging the youths, saying: “Allow me to go, please. I won’t come back again.”

By 1:38pm, Oladipo’s vehicle was sneaked out through the back gate of the secretariat and, in few minutes time, the former officials were smuggled out of the tension-laden building, to the nearby Sky Memorial building, from where they escaped.
 
Markafi in an interview by AIT revealed that some items in the party's secretariat have gone missing due to the invasion of youths suspected to be the supporters of Sheriff.

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