Fifty two days after the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was sealed by the police, the Wadata Plaza is yet to be reopened.
The headquarters was shut as a result of the intractable leadership tussle between Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee.
A visit on Tuesday to the PDP headquarters, located in the Wuse zone of Abuja indicated that its entrance was still under lock and key with armed policemen on standby to ensure nobody gains entance.
At least 10 police officers were seen within and outside the secretariat during the visit while a police Hilux van from Wuse Division, marked NPF 6684C, was used to block the access road to the complex.
However, few staff of the secretariat were seen hanging around under trees, nursing the hope of having the office reopened soon.
One of the party’s workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed displeasure with the continuous closure of the secretariat.
“Some of us have been coming around with the hope that the office would be opened for staff to work; but I think the office will be open soon, perhaps later in the day.
“There is a meeting going on now with the acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, involving delegates from the Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and Sen. Ahmed Makarfi factions.
“I believe the office gates should be opened, latest tomorrow”, said the staff.
The staff, however, added that in spite of the crisis, staff salaries were being paid as at when due.
It was not known which faction of the party was responsible for the salary payment as both sides lay claim to the authentic leadership of the self-styled largest political party in Africa.