The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in regards to a disagreement between the national leadership and staff over plans to reduce the staff strength, their salaries and allowances by 50%, took a new turn as men of the Nigeria Police blocked the gate of the National Secretariat.
In the wee hours of yesterday, following directives from the leadership of the party, a truck load of Policemen blocked the gate and prevented staff from entering the secretariat.
However, this action was met with a stiff resistance from the angry PDP staff.
The policemen, who were deployed at strategic ends of the PDP secretariat, refused to speak with the aggrieved staff that came to work as early as 7.30 am.
As part of moves to end the crisis, management of PDP who are directors, deputy directors and assistant directors, had on Monday held a closed door marathon meeting with the warring staff where the National Director of Administration, Alhaji Gurama Bawa, presided and had pleaded with the aggrieved staff members to remain calm so that the management could figure out how to reach a favourable compromise.
Members of staff agreed to this suggestion which was why they went to work, but they were prevented from going in.
It took the intervention of PDP Acting Chairman, Board of Trustees, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, who made a call to the leadership of the party that the staff be allowed into the premises, the Police immediately left the gate.