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PDP workers embark on three-day fasting, praying

Workers at the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party have embarked on a three-day fasting and praying session, asking God to intervene in the crisis in the party,
Our correspondent gathered that the workers decided to embark on fasting and praying in the hope that this would help quicken the resolution of the crisis rocking the former ruling party.

The workers were seeing by our correspondent on Tuesday at the Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, where the members of the sacked national caretaker committee usually meet, praying fervently to God to intervene in the crisis.

It was gathered that the fasting and praying started on Tuesday and would end on Thursday (today).

One of the workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent that she and her colleagues would go to the Supreme Court on empty stomach today, when the apex court would start hearing the party’s case.

The court is expected to start hearing the appeal filed by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee against the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, which recognised Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as the national chairman of the party.

The crisis in the party has affected the welfare of the workers who are now receiving 25 per cent of their monthly salaries.

Before their salaries were cut to 25 per cent in October due to the dwindling fortunes of the party, the workers were said to be receiving 30 per cent of their monthly incomes.

To show the seriousness of attached to the praying and the fasting session, a register was opened for the workers.

When our correspondent flipped through the register on Wednesday, more than 40 workers had signed and were seated under the white canopy where one of the workers was leading the prayer session.

The prayer, which was observed by our correspondent, also indicated that the workers were concerned about the safety of their jobs, which had been advertised by the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo.

One of the workers said, “We want the Supreme Court to sack Sheriff and restore peace into the party. We are suffering just because of the ambition of a few people.

“Apart from this, our jobs are not secure anymore. If you pick some newspapers today, the secretary has advertised our positions. This shows that we have been sacked. This is another reason why we want God to intervene.”

Oladipo was said to have been directed to advertise the positions because of the refusal of the workers to resume at the national secretariat.

The workers had claimed that they would not resume while Sheriff remained the national chairman.

Meanwhile, against the backdrop of the 2019 presidential primary of the party, Sheriff has warned Makarfi to watch his words with regard to comments about him (Sheriff).

Sheriff, a former Borno State governor, spoke while receiving PDP members from Zamfara State at the party’s national headquarters.

He added that Makarfi should stop talking about him all the time.

The former Borno State governor was reacting to Makarfi’s recent declaration that Sheriff was planning to conduct a national convention in order for him to emerge presidential candidate of the party in 2019.

Sheriff had on Monday declared that God would decide his 2019 presidential ambition.

Reacting, Makarfi, in turn, accused Sheriff of planning to hold a convention because he wanted to emerge the party’s presidential candidate.


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