PDP crisis: Police take over. Workers must go, party insists

PDP crisis deepens:
.Police take over party’s secretariat
.Workers must go, party insists
Police officers have taken over the National Secretariat of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Wadata plaza in Abuja, while restricting movements into the party’s office.
Sources within the neighbourhood,  who alerted the media of the incident, said the police arrived at the party secretariat as early as 7.00am on Tuesday and prevented the staff from gaining access into the plaza.
Some aggrieved workers confirmed that they were not allowed access into the premises by the police, recalling that attempt to downsize the staff strength, a position the workers kicked against, precipitate the crisis.
This even as the PDP re-affirmed it’s stand to proceed with the downsizing exercise.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said it will not be deterred from taken objective decisions.
“The attention of the NWC has been drawn to the unnecessary and unfortunate reactions of Junior, Intermediate and Supervisory members of
Staff under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Committee in reaction to NWC directive on Re-Organization and Re-Structuring of the Party.
“The NWC also notes the steps by the Management Committee in the matter. The NWC appreciates the concerns of all stakeholders of the Party and ‎
assures all members that it will not be deterred in its sworn responsibility to reposition, re-organize and re-structure the Party.
“For the purpose of clarity, the process of staff re-organization is a sub-component of the reform process in the Party. Consequently, the NWC
further affirms that the internal memo emanating from the Office of the National Secretary stands.
“The NWC will not be deterred, blackmailed or cowed from taking objective steps necessary for sound political health, astute opposition and
general re-organization of the Party.
“NWC also assures all members and indeed Nigerians that finances of the Party have been handled in line with standard financial regulations
governing political parties and the Constitution of the PDP.
“Subsequently, as custodians of the PDP Constitution, the NWC will be guided by the provisions of the Constitution in dealing with all matters
related to staff especially schedule iv (staff rules) of the 2012 Constitution as amended”.