Staff of the erstwhile ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have appealed to the third arm of the Federal government, the judiciary, to save them from poverty by reopening the party’s Wadata plaza secretariat.
According to a report by Punch, the workers who demonstrated under the aegis of the PDP Staff Welfare Forum in Abuja on Tuesday, 3 January, the workers also demanded the re-opening of the party secretariat, which had been sealed off by the police about eight months ago.
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While appealing to the judiciary to speedily dispense justice in cases involving the party in different courts, they said this would save the nation’s democracy from degenerating into a one-party state.
Mr Dan Ochubaiye the Secretary of the PDP Staff Welfare Forum said; “The forum frowned on the incessant petitions by a party in the case and described it as a delay tactic to subvert justice.
“The (members of) staff of the secretariat believe that the delay is only beneficial to the petitioner, who is being sponsored by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, in order to weaken and silence the only opposition party.
“Members of staff of the PDP National secretariat hold the judiciary in high esteem and believe in it to remain unbiased and dispense justice that will maintain the sanctity and independence of the rule of law and the court.”
Ochubaiye added that; “Certain elements want to ensure that the PDP National Secretariat is perpetually under lock and key.
“No court in the country gave the order for the lockdown of the PDP National Secretariat by the Nigerian Police Force and therefore we demand the immediate and unconditional reopening of the secretariat to allow workers gain entrance into their offices for routine party activities.
“It is only fair and just for the members of staff to be allowed into their legitimate offices while the police is duty-bound to provide adequate security for them as provided for by the Nigerian constitution.”
Ochubaiye called on all the organs and stakeholders of the party to urgently support the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee in order for the party to survive.
He regretted that the party had lost some of its workers during the current struggle for power by its leaders.