By Taye OBATERU,Â Jos
Security men on Friday sealed up the two factional offices of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State citing orders from above.
The two offices belonging to the two factions whose leadership were dissolved by the National Working Committee of the party some months ago were taken over by policemen who ordered staff out of the offices.
At the office of the Professor Dakum Shown-led faction located along Murtala Mohammed Way, it was learnt that the policemen arrived at about 11a.m. and went into the office to inform those there that they had orders to seal it up.
They later left some of their men behind and did not allow anyone into the office subsequently.
Another team was also at the Yakubu Gowon Way Office of the Chief Emmanuel Mangni_led group but it was not clear if they found anyone there as the group said it had complied with the directive of the national secretariat.
Three anti_riot policemen were, however, sighted at the gate of the secretariat and they barred people from going into the premises.
While the Mangni faction welcomed the development, describing it as long overdue, the Shown group described it as an unwarranted onslaught on democratic structures in the state.
Mangni said his faction had submitted itself to the directive of the national working committee to stop operating as a factional group and was not guilty of flouting the partyâ€™s directive.
The group had in a letter to the national secretariat some weeks ago complained about the continued operation of the Dakum Shown group when it had in deference to party supremacy deferred to the caretaker committee constituted by the national secretariat.
Shown in his reaction said the police action was a surprise considering the pending litigation over the matter and the subsisting court injunction.
â€œThe police action was an embarrassment to the people of Plateau State considering the position of the National secretariat and the court injunction in place. Whoever has any axe to grind should wait for the outcome of the case in courtâ€ he stated.
Chairman of the caretaker committee, Chief Abu King Shuluwa was quoted as having welcomed the development adding that the committee would open a neutral office to operate from.