Monday, February 20, 2017 3:05 pm
The Police stopped the Ahmed Makarfi faction of Peoples Democratic Party from converging at the International Conference Centre, Abuja on Monday for the meeting called to deliberate on the declaration of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the chairman of the party by the Court of Appeal last Friday.
A detachment of police men in about four patrol vans had taken over the venue of the meeting as early as 11am ahead of the meeting scheduled for 2 pm.
The Policemen did not allow any vehicle into the expansive premises of the Conference Centre. This forced the PDP faction to announce a shift in venue of the meeting as contained in a statement by the spokesman of the caretaker committee, Dayo Adeyeye.
Adeyeye said, “Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in collaboration with the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal Government has barricaded the International Conference Center, ICC, venue of the scheduled Stakeholders Meeting of the entire organs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“This is a very sad development in our democratic history where there is no longer free association and movement of citizens of this Country.
“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his APC collaborators cannot stop the will of the people. Nigerians can now confirm that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff is a mole in PDP to destroy the only strong opposition in the Country.
“All invited members of the Party for the scheduled Stakeholders Meeting are hereby directed to proceed to will the Ekiti State Government Lodge on T. Y. Danjuma Street, Asokoro, Abuja by same time, 2:00Pm” the statement said .