AFTER men of the Nigeria Police sealed the Secretariat of the embattled All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has explained that the proactive move was to maintain peace, law and order at the headquarters.
The action on Tuesday trailed protests by aggrieved members who on Monday barricaded the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, demanding the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) over recent controversial decisions taken by the party within one week.
In a statement in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, confirmed the deployment of policemen to the APC secretariat.
Mba stated that the deployment is a proactive move by the Police but “not to seal-up the complex as has been reported in some quarters.”
The statement explained that party members and staff were not barred from conducting their legitimate businesses, in or around the Secretariat.
Leadership tussles had broken out at the ward, state and national levels in Edo, Ondo and Rivers states as well as the national headquarters since the Appeal Court suspended Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman.
The situation led to the emergence of three acting national chairmen, the defection of a state governor and a deputy governor, crisis in Rivers State over control of the party committee and in Edo State, struggle for control of the ward, which suspended Oshiomhole.
The sealing of the Secretariat is considered as response by the NWC to take control, restore calm and normalcy in a deeply factionalized party.
The controversy raised by the emergence of three national chairmen started by the appointment of Abiola Ajimobi by the NWC as acting national chairman, on Tuesday. Victor Giadom, on Wednesday, announced himself as rightful occupant of the office citing a high court ruling to that effect.
Later same day, the NWC announced the National Vice Chairman (South-South), Prince Hilliard Etta, as new acting National Chairman. saying that it was due to the ‘unavoidable absence’ of the earlier appointed Ajimobi due to ill health.
The endorsed of Mr. Igo Aguma as the Rivers State APC Chairman, by the committee ignited another rancour in the chapter.
The Ondo State party split following the defection of the deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ajayi submitted his resignation of his membership of the APC in Apoi Ward 2, Ese Odo Local Government Area, on Sunday, and the reasons for his resignation was obvious to many people.
He strolled to the PDP in the ward where he announced his defection and obtained his membership card.