Wadata House, which is the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja, was yesterday thrown into confusion as angry police officers led by one Sergeant Reuben Onu and a staff of the party secretariat physically assaulted workers of Twinkles World Ltd. who were protesting against unpaid debts estimated at N360million.
The company disclosed that it handled the contract for the decoration of PDP presidential campaigns in all states of the federation in the last general elections.
During the protest, the managing director of the company, Mr. Tunde Agarawu and project coordinator, Mr. Awonaiya Olayemi, were physically assaulted and the MD was slapped by Sergeant Onu and an unidentified staff of PDP. Olayemi was also pelted with sands on his head by the same officer.
The police team later reinforced and came with many other police officers to scare away the protesting workers numbering over 30.
However, a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the MD was assaulted because he did not heed the advice to channel their grievances to Legacy House, which is the office of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The firm reiterated its decision to drag President Goodluck Jonathan and the party to court over the unpaid debts, saying that already, their lawyer had issued a seven-day ultimatum to PDPPCO to offset the debt or face action in court.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions including “PDPPCO is owing us for the service we provided them”, “Prof. Jerry Gana, pay us our money now!”, “Dr. Ahmadu Alli, DG of PDPPCO, pay our money now”, “Mr. President, Prof. Jerry Gana is yet to pay Twinkle World Ltd” and “Nigerians: PDP is owing Twinkle World.”