– Police IG, Solomon Arase met with the two warring
factional leaders of the PDP
– The discussion at the meeting may have been
centered on a perceived threat to security in Abuja by
suspected supporters of the factional leaders
– The IGP appealed to the feuding parties to refrain
from any act that may threaten public order
Following the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase met
with the sacked national chairman of the party, Ali Modu
Sheriff and the chairman of the caretaker committee of the
party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi on Wednesday, May 25.
The meeting was ostensibly to find a solution to the crisis
that has enveloped the party since Sheriff was ousted as
chairman at the May 21 national convention in Port
Harcourt, Vanguard reports.
Police IG, Solomon Arase held a meeting with Makarfi and
Sheriff was sacked by the party and a caretaker committee
led by Makarfi, who is a former governor of Kaduna state
The meeting was said to have behind closed door at the
police headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.
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A member of the Makarfi committee confirmed the meeting
saying, the IGP told the warring factions to maintain peace
and carry out their protests within the ambit of the law.
Details of the discussion between Arase and the party
leaders is yet unknown.
Recall that after the botched convention which was held by
different factions in Port Harcourt and Abuja, the PDP
national secretariat in Abuja was sealed by the police,
preventing both workers and officers of the party from
going into the premises.
The police said it received intelligence 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 ” over the
current leadership crisis within the party.
The police have remained in place till date.
Things took a twist on Tuesday, May 24, when a Federal
High Court in Lagos ordered Sheriff to continue serving as
the chairman of the party. On the same day, a Federal High
Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction
restraining Sheriff and Professor Oladipo from parading
themselves as national officers of the party.
However, the party’s Board of Trustees has said it will take
over the leadership of the party.