The chaos in Nigeria’s largest opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not seem to be going anytime soon, with takeovers and retakes of the party’s main headquarters at the center of the action.
The main headquarters in Abuja, called the ‘Wadata Plaza,’ in the latest incident was besieged by irate youth loyal to one of the main players in the leadership struggle, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
Saharareporters reports that on Friday (June 17) thugs loyal to Ali Modu, ‘‘armed with sticks and bows and arrows, the thugs vowed that nobody except Mr. Sheriff and his loyalists would be allowed into the premises of the expansive office.’‘
The action of the youth comes in spite of the resolution of the party’s Board of Trustees and PDP governors, saying the day before that Senator Ahmed Makafi should take over the leadership of PDP in the interim as the chairman of the National Caretaker Committee.
The party has been in opposition for a little over a year after ruling Africa’s most populous nation since it returned to democratic rule in 1999. Until Muhammadu Buhari came to power, the PDP had produced three presidents over 16 years.
Two terms for Olusegun Obassanjo, a term for the late Umaru Musah Yar Adua, which was complete by his then deputy Goodluck Jonathan, before Jonathan won a full term as president.
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