The leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken its toll on the members as the Nigerian Police today, May 22, prevented members of the National Working Committee from gaining entrance into the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the party in Abuja. This comes after the party held a divided parallel national convention on Saturday, May 21. The police cordoned off one of the traffic lanes leading into the complex, while those who had been on ground providing security were all replaced.
But in a statement by ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the police force public relations officer, said the action was a proactive initiative following intelligent report that some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the PDP had perfected plans to engage thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja. The statement from the Nigeria police force read: “Intelligence at the disposal of the Force leadership indicates that some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the PDP have perfected plans to engage thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja. This is sequel to the on-going intra-party leadership crisis in the party and further fallout of the recent political engagements of the Party. “The plan of the brains behind this development is to infiltrate Abuja and attack the National Headquarters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party with intent to forcefully occupy the facility. “The Inspector General of Police, however, warns all actors in the crisis as well as their loyalists to refrain from any act that may threaten public order as the Police shall deal promptly, firmly and decisively with such persons or group in line with their legal obligations.”