The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party is split by calls for Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, to step down from his position (NEC).
The council members’ disagreements have arisen in advance of their meeting, which is set to take place on Thursday in Abuja.
As part of their demands to back the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the Nyesom Wike camp, the governor of Rivers State, had demanded Ayu’s resignation.
Ayu’s campaign, however, has claimed that he must continue in office, arguing that he was chosen to hold the position for four years.
The national chairman of the party has insisted on holding onto his position till it expires.
He added that he wouldn’t permit those asking for his resignation to wreck the party.
Ayu’s retirement from office, according to Akeem Olatunji, the PDP’s publicity secretary in Oyo State, will make it easier for Atiku to win the election.
He added that the party’s state chapter is not against Atiku and Ayu but rather looks forward to the party’s win in 2023.
Desmond Akawor, the chairman of the Rivers State PDP, maintained that Ayu must quit since he had promised to do so if the party’s presidential candidate came from the north during a speech on the party’s dilemma.
Akindele Adekunle, the party’s acting chairman in Osun State, disagreed, arguing that Ayu shouldn’t be pressured into quitting now because the election is so close.
He begged for Ayu to be permitted to stay until after the 2023 general elections.
Okoroafor Okorie, the PDP’s Ebonyi State Chairman, urged Ayu to step down from his position if it would help the party find unity.
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