The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly decided to support calls for Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, to be ousted.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, and Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, had a falling out over the PDP National Chairman’s refusal to quit.
In order for the PDP to be at peace, Wike and his allies, who have bemoaned the exclusion of the South from key posts in the party, had requested Ayu’s resignation among other things.
Senator Ayu, incensed by calls for his resignation, said that those calling for it “are children.”
If a northerner were to become PDP national chairman, Ayu had threatened to resign in 2021.
At the NWC meeting, presided over by Ayu at the National Secretariat, some NWC members from the southern region of the nation reportedly expressed the view that the party’s National Chairman should have handled the PDP problem better.
The agenda for the party’s caucus and NEC was the main topic of discussion at the meeting, but the party’s efforts to appease irate members also came up.
Additionally, it was reported that on Tuesday night, 15 of the 19 NWC members met in the Abuja home of a well-known member (name withheld).
They reportedly decided to denounce the National Chairman with a vote of no confidence.
A source said: “The meeting was basically to iron out some housekeeping issues such as the membership and structure of the Presidential campaign council, how to handle disagreements in some state chapters, especially Kano and Osun States.
“The party will decide whether to have congresses or some form of ad-hoc arrangements among others.“
Speaking further, the source said: “Issues discussed also included the party’s reconciliation efforts. It was noted that the NWC needs to do more to resolve the dispute because as things stand, what we see are individual and group efforts.”
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