Police bar PDP staff from national secretariat

There was mild drama on Tuesday at the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as security personnel denied staff access to their offices.

Also journalists and other visitors who came to transact business at the secretariat were asked to identify themselves before they were admitted.

The workers, who arrived as early as 8a.m. met stern looking security personnel deployed from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Halogen, a private security guard that provide security to the opposition party’s secretariat.

To effectively carry out the operation, all the security personnel who were familiar with staff at the secretariat were replaced with new ones. Also, there was heavy presence of security in and around the vicinity.

It was until around 10a.m. that the security operatives, after the Director of Administration, Alhaji Bawa Gurama, apparently acting on the directives from a higher authority, instructed the security personnel to allow the staff access to their offices, but that was after they were thoroughly screened.

The workers, thereafter, went into a brief meeting. A source at the meeting revealed that the workers agreed on a ceasefire till Friday following some approvals said to have been made by the NWC to meet their demands. “The NWC is said to have approved N5 million for personal and administrative staff respectively.

Specifically, each staff will go home with N25,000 as Sallah bonus. Also, we were told that payment for July salary has been approved,” one of the staff disclosed.

Members of the NWC have been avoiding their offices since the crisis started last week.

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