Workers of the erstwhile ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, January 9 disgraced the factional chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff by refusing to attend a meeting with him.
According to a report by Punch, was to hold at Sheriff’s office at Maitama, Abuja for 10am but the workers were angry that the Sheriff faction invited journalists to the planned meeting.
It is believed that the planned meeting was supposed to be a follow-up to the meeting the workers had with members of the National Caretaker Committee under the leadership of Senator Ahmed Makarfi in Abuja on Friday.
It was gathered that all the 54 workers, who attended the meeting with Makarfi voted against having audience with the Sheriff faction.
Also reported was that the workers had given the Sheriff faction other conditions which were not met, hence their decision to stay away from the proposed meeting.
One of the conditions, it was learnt, was that Sheriff must start speaking against the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government, since he claimed to be leading a major opposition party.
The workers also demanded that the faction should support the unconditional reopening of the party’s national secretariat located at Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja.
One of the leaders of the Workers Welfare Association, Mr. Imafidon Samson said; “They invited us to a meeting, which would have been the first since the crisis started.
“But why would we go to such a meeting without issues to be discussed? We wanted a private meeting; he went on to call all the media houses in the country.
“We also said he should be speaking against the APC-led Federal Government and should also ask the police to vacate the national secretariat. But, there was no commitment from them.
“All of us, 54 of us who were at the meeting today, voted against going to the meeting. That was why we didn’t go.”