The crisis facing the Abia State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the zoning of the party’s governorship ticket, which escalated into pockets of protests around the state and the party secretariat, has finally led to the police cordoning off the party secretariat.
It all started on Tuesday, when some members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state stormed the party’s Secretariat to protest what they alleged as moves by Asiforo Okere, the State Chairman of the party, to impose ad-hoc delegates on them ahead of the party’s primaries for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The protesters, which included some stakeholders of the party, accused the party chairman, Mr Okere, of doing everything within his powers, as the chairman of the party, to skew the process of selecting the state’s party delegates to favour an allegedly anointed aspirant.
They also demanded for his resignation, as the state chairman of the party.
- However, the next day, Wednesday, another group of protesters under the aegis of the Abia for Better Initiative, stormed the party Secretariat in solidarity with Okere, the embattled party chairman.
The protesters, led by one Festus Amogu, further warned against any future harassment of the state party chairman.
It is, therefore, little surprise to observe that the Abia State Chapter of the PDP Secretariat located on Finbarr’s Road, Umuahia, the state capital, was cordoned off by stern-looking policemen.
The party secretariat staff and visitors were not allowed into the premises as every person who approached the entrance, was turned back by the police officers.
Recall that major stakeholders of the party in the state have been locked in a battle over which zone should produce the next governor of the state.