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PDP, APC members barred from Kwara secretariat

16 January 2014, 07:28

IIorin - The Kwara Police Command on Tuesday barred members of the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC)  from entering the controversial secretariat of the PDP on Nupe Road in Ilorin.

The News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new PDP Caretaker Committee in  Kwara had invited newsmen to the secretariat for a briefing.

The APC also announced on the state-owned Radio Kwara that members should report to the secretariat for a meeting, setting the stage for a clash.

The prompt arrival of the police, however, prevented what may have been a clash between the members of the two parties both laying claim to the secretariat.

NAN recalls that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and Senator Bukola Saraki had led members of  the PDP in the state to the opposition  APC.

The spokesman of the Kwara Police Command, Ajayi Okesina, who was also at the secretariat,  told newsmen that it was wrong for the PDP caretaker committee to call for a briefing at the secretariat as the issue of ownership was still in court.

"Please, don't allow anyone inside since the case is still in court.

"We don't want  a crisis here," Okesina told policemen within the premises of the secretariat.

But a former Chairman of  Ifelodun Local Government Council, Rex Olawoye, told newsmen that  the PDP was not among the respondents joined in the suit over the ownership of the secretariat.

An APC stalwart, Ishola Balogun, on his part claimed that the rent for the secretariat was paid in the name of the late Dr Olusola Saraki and would lapse late  2014.

He said the secretariat remained the property of  the former PDP members inspite of their defection to the APC.

A NAN correspondent, who was at the secretariat, reports that four lorries filled with armed anti-riot policemen were at the scene.

-  NAN


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