The crisis in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is getting more worse by the day as 127 members of staff of the party yesterday said they cannot work with Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, who was reinstated recently by the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt.
This was made known to the newsmen in Abuja, the staff expressed fear over their lives, adding that, “Following the judgment validating the National Convention by FHC in Port Harcourt, members of staff were requested to resume duty in May/June, 2016, they did so.
“In the few days we reported for work, we were harassed and intimidated by demonstrators and protesters. We were violently chased out of the offices; many had to run away leaving their personal belongings which we understand have now been vandalised by unknown persons.”
Speaking on behalf of the staff, PDP National Director of Administration, Alh Gurama Bawa, said that they were ready to resume at the party National Secretary when peace returns to PDP.
He said: “Peace in PDP cannot be said to have been achieved; once we see peace, we will report to work. We are neither on the side of Sheriff nor Makarfi. We will work with Sheriff or Makarfi provided the place is safe.”
Bawa described the staff as the major casualty of the crisis rocking the party as Sheriff and Makarfi had experienced victory in the court at different times and levels culminating in the Appeal Court judgment that recognised Senator Sheriff and ordered the return to status quo ante may 21, 2016.
While he said that by the pronouncement of the Appeal Court, Cairo Ojougboh and Bernard Mikko are not supposed to parade themselves as Deputy National Chairman and Publicity Secretary, respectively, Bawa explained that members of staff are desirous of resuming work after having been made victim of problems they never caused but are concerned about their safety.
Explaining the status quo ante, he said the former National Working Committee (NWC) made up of Sheriff, Uche Secondus, Olisa Metuh and others should have resumed and not the crop of people parading themselves as officers of the party working with Sheriff.