Police Disrupt PDP Reconciliatory Meeting


The police in Delta on Monday disrupt attempt by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to hold a reconciliatory meeting, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The meeting, which was at the instance of the party, was expected to address and reconcile aggrieved party members from the Delta North Senatorial District.

But, Mr. Isiaku Barawo, Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, said the command received security report about some people planning to cause trouble during the meeting.

He added that as a result the meeting had to be stopped.

Meanwhile, an authoritative source at the party secretariat, who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, said there was no such report.

The source believed that the police were directed by the powers that be to stop the meeting.

The source added that the meeting was not for any ulterior motive, adding “we just want to tell ourselves the truth, bring out anger and grievances and then settle the problems,” the source said.

The source also said that the action was a ploy to sustain the acrimony among party loyalists in the senatorial district to truncate Delta North chances of ruling the state come 2015.

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“We have an agreement that the North would produce the next governor of the state in 2015.

“And we know that all these moves to prevent reconciliation among the party loyalists from the North is to frustrate us from speaking with one voice.

Meanwhile, the meeting has been postponed to September 19.

Chief Cairo Ojugbo, Chairman of the reconciliation committee, announced the postponement.

He said that the meeting was scheduled to enable the party reconcile with all aggrieved members so as to improve its performances in future elections.

He also said that the meeting was postponed because the police said they had unfavourable security report about the scheduled meeting, and had to stop it.

“As a law abiding party, we have to obey the police, so I appeal to all of you to accept the postponement,” he said.

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