Police, on Tuesday evening, denied sealing the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, contrary to earlier reports in the media.
The force said it only deployed its operatives as a proactive measure to maintain peace and ensure there was no breakdown of law and order at the party secretariat.
Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Tuesday, said that policemen were deployed in the APC secretariat premises “to prevent any untoward situation within and around the APC national secretariat.”
He stated that the party members and the secretariat staff were at liberty to conduct their legitimate businesses as usual.
APC had been engulfed in crisis following the ruling of the Appellate Court upholding the suspension of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Former deputy national secretary of the party, Victor Giadom is laying claims to the position of the APC national chairman in an acting capacity, but the National Working Committee is insisting that a former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who is indisposed, is the acting national chairman.
On the situation at the APC secretariat, Mba said, “Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed in the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, located at Blantyre Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.
“The deployment is a proactive move by the force to maintain peace and ensure there is no breakdown of law and order at the Secretariat.
“The presence of police personnel at the secretariat is not to seal up the complex as has been reported in some quarters but rather to prevent any untoward situation within and around the APC national secretariat.
“Members of the APC as well staff of the secretariat are, therefore, at liberty to conduct their legitimate businesses, in and around the secretariat as always.”