Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Worried by the turn out of events since its shoddy outing in the last general elections staff of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Forum, have cried out to the judiciary to ensure speedy dispensation of justice on the cases relating to the crisis rocking the party so as to save the country from one party state.
Speaking at a protest rally tuesday, the Secretary of the forum, Hon. Dan Ochu Baiye, said the PDP workers are pained over their stay at home without work.
He said the worried staff have expressed regret at the incessant petitions by one of the parties in the court case and described it as a delay tactics to subvert justice.
According to the protesting staff of the PDP who thronged the national secretariat of the party in the early hours of yesterday, the crisis is apparently persisting due to the underground support one of the group is getting from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The delay is only beneficial to the petitioner, who is being sponsored by the ruling APC to weaken and silence the only opposition party.
“The staff of the PDP national secretariat hold the judiciary in high esteem and believe in it to remain unbiased and dispense justice that will maintain the sanctity and independence of the rule of law and the court.
The staff also worried about the continuous shutdown of its national Secretariat by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), saying that the situation “suggests that certain elements want to ensure that the PDP national secretariat is perpetually under lock and key.”
They demanded the immediate and unconditional reopening of the secretariat to allow staff gain entrance into their offices for routine party activities since according to them, no court in the country gave the order for the lockdown of the PDP national secretariat by the Nigerian Police Force.
“It is only fair and just for the staff to be allowed into their legitimate offices while the police is duty bound to provide adequate security for them as provided by the Nigerian constitution,” the forum said.
The PDP workers further asked on all the organs and stakeholders in the party to urgently support the Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee in all ramifications.
It commended the National Caretaker Committee for its efforts so far while it condoled the families of its members that lost their lives during this period of uncertainty.
The aggrieved staff expressed regret that the crisis has led to the avoidable demise of some of the staff.
“It was, however, not clear why the Director of Administration, Mr. Guramah Bawa, tried in vain to disperse the workers and stop them from staging the protest.