The national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Monday almost turned into a battle ground as the staff members laid siege at the premises, spoiling for war with members of the National Working Committee (NWC).
Following the mounting tension, operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) stormed the party’s national secretariat, obviously to assess situation on ground.
Three of the DSS officials were sighted at the premises at about 12.15p.m., when they went upstairs and stayed for over 30 minutes as the directors were meeting with leaders of the aggrieved workers.
The DSS officials left the party premises shortly afterwards.
It was further gathered that the NWC had resolved to dialogue with the aggrieved staff, following the meeting held by the party directors with leaders of the workers’ welfare committee at the party’s national secretariat yesterday.
A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) who spoke with the source on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said the problem started when some workers were brought into the party by their godfathers who had since defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The fear at the party headquarters is that these workers, who owe allegiance to the godfathers that facilitated their employment in the PDP will be passing sensitive information and documents to their godfathers in the APC,” he said.
He, however, gave assurance that the BoT would not allow anyone to witch-hunt any innocent worker in the process of the revalidation exercise.
The NWC had asked that the workers, some of whom have worked for the party for 16 years, should go back to their respective state chapter chairmen to get clearance letters, a directive that sparked off agitation among the workers.
The workers had argued that none of the incumbent state chairmen of the party were in that position when they were engaged by the national secretariat of the party several years ago.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the workers have threatened to release more document to back their claim on how the leadership of the party squandered the resources of party, insisting that the documents will be released in phases if the crisis is not resolved in soon. -Thisday