Staff of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said though they are willing to respond to the call by the chairman of the party, Ali Modu-Sheriff to resume work, they cannot do so because they are afraid for their lives.
Addressing a press conferences at the former temporary office of the Ahmed Makarfi led national caretaker committee of the party which has been converted to an office of the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives, spokesman of the workers and Director of Administration, Gurama Bawa, said though Modu-Sheriff had taken over the secretariat of the party, the strong protest letter written by the Board of Trustees against his action further gave credence to their fears that they might not be safe there.
“Members of Staff are desirous of resuming work after having been made victim of problems they never caused but are concerned about their safety.
“Following the Judgment validating the National Convention by FHC in Port Harcourt, members of staff were requested to resume duty in May/June, 2016. They did so. In the few days we reported for work, we were harassed and intimidated by demonstrators and protesters.
”We were violently chased out of the offices, many had to run away leaving their personal belongings which we understand have now been vandalised by unknown persons.”
“With the recent Appeal to the Supreme Court by the Makarfi leadership, the Board of Trustees has written a strong protest letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) against the re-opening of the Secretariat to avoid breakdown of law and order, a situation which again highlights the danger that staff will be exposed to if they resume duty as directed” he said.