Staff of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday shunned a meeting with the Ali Modu-Sheriff group of the party.
The peace meeting earlier scheduled for 10am was later shifted to 12noon.
However, when the event commenced, journalists were taken aback when the Deputy National Chairman of the Sheriff group Cairo Ojuogbouh announced that it was a press conference and not a peace meeting as earlier reported.
When pressed by journalists to know why the meeting was called off, Ojuogboh said staff of the party were still on Christmas holidays, adding that another meeting would be called at a later date.
“They are yet to return from holidays. We will meet with them later when they return”, he explained.
In a twist of event, as of the time Ojuogboh was addressing the press conference, 54 staff of the party were meeting at the temporary secretariat of the Ahmed Makarfi group at Wuse 2.
Recall that staff of the party had last week protested the continued closure of the party secretariat by security agents since June last year.
According to them, they shunned the meeting on the grounds that Sheriff must insist on reopening of the party secretariat as well as constructively criticise the activities of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ojuogboh also revealed that the party would not appeal the Court of Appeal verdict in Port Harcourt.
The Court is set to give its verdict on the legitimacy of the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee soon.
“We are open to dialogue as we await a landmark judgement that will decide the fate of democracy.
“We have agreed not to go to Supreme Court after the Appeal court judgement no matter which side it may favour. Even if caretaker wins, we will not go to supreme court”, Ojuogboh affirmed.