Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff has told the party’s workers to resume their duties at the national secretariat in Abuja.
Some staff of the party rejected Sheriff’s leadership and refused to resume at the secretariat unless their safety was guaranteed.
Sheriff issued the order via a statement released by his spokesman, Bernard Mikko.
The statement reads in part:
“Members of the PDP Welfare Association and indeed all committed staff of the national secretariat who have not resumed duties should immediately get back to work, as they are neither on trial nor involved in any crisis or litigation necessitating any form of political or legal solution to resolve.
“The belligerent stance and the series of communiques issued by some members of staff indicate clearly that they have positioned themselves at the centre of political conflagrations involving their bosses against their terms and conditions of employment.
“The dissident group which they pretend to profess their loyalty had been proscribed by law and legally dead. Any attempt to resurrect a dead horse will only amount to superstition and largely futile.
“Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the entire NWC are committed to bringing the party to fame to the realization of the dreams of the founding fathers and should be supported to do so.
“Failure to heed this call will attract disciplinary procedures as the staff are deemed to be conversant with their terms and conditions of employment, particularly the PDP Establishment Manual that stipulates that they remain apolitical.”
The PDP is involved in a leadership battle which has caused it to split into two factions, one led by Sheriff and the other by former Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Makarfi.
However, the Court of Appeal, in February, ruled that Sheriff was the rightful chairman of the party.