Armed police operatives were seen at the secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party, in Abia State on Thursday.
The policemen restricted movement in and out of the secretariat located at Finbars Road, Umuahia.
They were said to be working with “an order from above”.
The Publicity Secretary of Abia PDP, Fabian Nwankwo, said workers and officials of the party had been asked to observe one-day rest at home.
There have been protests and counter-protests at the secretariat since Tuesday following disagreements among party members over the three-man delegates congress.
Some persons have accused the Dr Asiforo Okere-led State leadership of the party of compromise and plots to manipulate the process in favour of a certain anointed governorship aspirant.
They demanded his immediate resignation or sack to enable the party to have leadership that would provide a level playground for all aspirants.
But there was a counter-protest on Wednesday as a mammoth crowd besieged the office in solidarity with Okere-led leadership.
They urged him not to be intimidated by those attempting to hijack power.
The 47-member State Working Committee, SWC, had also dismissed those protesting and petitioning against the Chairman as ” faceless”.