One day after officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) visited the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, the place has now been taken over by policemen to prevent a breakdown of law and order. This follows a clash between the party’s National Working Committee which is seeking to carry out reforms and the workers who are going to be affected by the reforms.
In addition to the decision by the NWC to sack half of the workers and slash salaries by half, the workers are also protesting alleged corrupt practices of the party leaders and they have threatened to drag them to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
But the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, insisted that there is no going back on the reform process.
The statement reads: “The attention of the NWC has been drawn to the unnecessary and unfortunate reactions of junior, intermediate and supervisory members of staff under the auspices of PDP Staff Welfare Committee in reaction to NWC directive on reorganisation and restructuring of the party.
“The NWC appreciates the concerns of stakeholders and assures members that it will not be deterred in its sworn responsibility to reposition, re-organise and re-structure the party.
“For the purpose of clarity, the process of staff re-organisation is a sub-component of the reform process in the party. Consequently, the NWC affirms that the internal memo emanating from the office of the National Secretary stands.
“The NWC will not be deterred, blackmailed or cowed from taking objective steps necessary for sound political health, astute opposition and general re-organisation.
“NWC assures members and Nigerians that finances of the party have been handled in line with standard financial regulations governing political parties and the Constitution of the PDP.
“Subsequently, as custodians of the PDP Constitution, the NWC will be guided by the provisions of the Constitution in dealing with all matters related to staff, especially schedule IV (staff rules) of the 2012 Constitution as amended”.