Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Confusion continued to reign within the ranks of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the National Caretaker Committee, Tuesday accused the ousted national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, of acting a script by APC government.
It described the storming of the national secretariat of the party by Sheriff as lawless and detestable.
While responding to the come-back bid staged on Monday by the embattled former chairman, the spokesman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said there was evidence of a possible role of the APC-led Federal Government in the present crisis as could be seen through the level of security provided for Sheriff by a team of SSS men when he stormed the national secretariat on Tuesday.
“The All progressive Congress, APC, has contracted Sheriff and his cohorts to scuttle the chances of the PDP in the Edo governorship elections. We have credible intelligence that Sheriff had a meeting on Sunday night with an APC governor from the North West, where it was agreed that he would be given full security and financial support to exacerbate the crisis in the PDP with the objective of preventing the PDP from presenting a candidate for the Edo governorship elections, or in the very least to prevent the PDP from offering a serious challenge to APC whose electoral fortunes have continued to nose-dive,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Adeyeye said it had alerted the Police of an impending invasion of the party’s premises but was surprised how Modu Sheriff and the other renegades were allowed to gain entry into the secretariat, where they later proceeded to address a press conference.
He said the party was still trying to understand the role of the police in the entire saga, adding: “It is curious that the police made no arrest of the thugs who openly brandished various dangerous weapons in and around the premises of the secretariat in full glare of the police.”
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