The chief security of the nation, President Buhari, has ordered the sealing off of the venue for PDP’s national convention.
Also sealed where all routes, major and minor, to the venue.
Our reporters gathered that heavily armed police men for force headquarters Abuja sealed the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt, where the convention is slated to hold.
The policemen also sealed off of entrances into Rivers State Government House.
Affected in the main are the Old Presidential Lodge and the Deputy Governor’s Lodge. They have been blocked with APCs.
Some of the stalwarts of the PDP who have arrived ahead of the National Convention are lodged in the Old Presidential Lodge and the Deputy Governor’s Lodge.
One police officer who spoke off record said the orders were from above.
Reacting to the sealing, the police said “It is not about sealing. We did not just seal.
“You must understand that the police is a critical stakeholder in democracy within the framework of the Nigerian law and other extant laws.
“There were two conflicting court orders but the primary motive of the police is that there is peace and protection of lives and properties.
“When you have such a situation (as this), you need to consult and you don’t do that by the press of a button.
“We are still consulting. What is primary to us is to work and ensure that there is peace in Port Harcourt.
“You know our democracy is a bit volatile but we are evolving.
“Didn’t the court order catch Nigerians unaware? Nobody plans for anything.
“We are just being proactive.
“If we sense a situation that can create anarchy and disorder or disrupt social production, what do you do? You have to be proactive.
“You evaluate situations. Peace can burst like a bubble and you don’t have to wait for people to start throwing stones.
“That is all about proactive policing. The police is acting within the frame of the law.”