There were twin protests at the national secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday in Abuja by supporters of Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi who are locked in legal tussle for the party's chairmanship.

The first group of protesters, mostly women, stormed the party's headquarters at about 11:17am chanted songs in favour of Makarfi.

Thirty minutes after, another group of protesters, mainly youths, arrived and celebrated Sheriff as chairman of the party.

Shortly after the rallies  which almost degenerated into a fatal clash, men of the Nigeria Police Force arrived and dispersed the protesters, taking over the secretariat in the process.

The major route leading to the main entrance gate was barricaded by two Police vans and tyres, while vehicular  movement on that lane was restricted.

However, our correspondent who went into the building observed that work was ongoing. The fence and main building were given a face-lift ‎while cleaners were busy cleaning the building and its surroundings.

Some of the workers who spoke with Daily Trust confirmed that Sheriff had mobilised them to give the secretariat a face-lift in order for official activities to resume, following his victory at the Appeal Court, Port Harcourt. 

However, both Senator Makarfi and Sheriff are set to slug it out at the Supreme Court following the appeal of the Port Harcourt judgement by the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee.

Daily Trust 

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