The decision of Governor Nyesom Wike’s camp to leave the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council has forced the Progressives Congress (PDP) leadership to hold an urgent marathon meeting.
Recall that the Wike campaign also threatened to abstain from Atiku’s campaigning unless Senator Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s National Chairman, resigned.
The Wike camp made the decisions, according to information obtained by Anaedoonline.ng, at a strategic meeting that took place in Port Harcourt in the wee hours of Wednesday.
According to information obtained, the Wike Camp decided to hold the meeting after the National Executive Committee (NEC) gave Ayu a vote of confidence in his ability to continue serving as the party’s national chairman despite their demand that he leave.
The Wike camp claimed that its members would not cooperate with Atiku until Ayu resigned and allowed an acting Chairman from the South to lead the party in a resolution read by a former PDP Deputy National Chairman named Bode George.
According to George, the Wike camp insisted that their stance was unabudgetable because Ayu’s prolonged role as the party’s chairman threatened the organization’s unity and fundamental principles.
He said: “Senator Iyorchia Ayu must resign as the National Chairman of the party for an acting Chairman of the Southern Nigerian extraction to emerge and lead the party on the national campaign.
“Consequently, we resolve not to participate in the campaign council in whatever capacity until the resignation of Dr. Iyorchia Ayu”.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the PDP leadership called the emergency meeting after senior party officials resigned from the party’s presidential campaign council.
The leadership of the main opposition party had a lengthy meeting to discuss how the withdrawal might affect the party’s objectives.
PDP spokesman Debo Ologunagba confirmed the meeting to Newsmen and said the party had been meeting ever since Wike’s camp announced their resignation from the campaign council. He also stated the National Working Committee would make its decision today (Thursday).
“As a party, we need to take a firm position to rebuild and rebrand our party. We have been in a marathon meeting since morning (Wednesday). But one thing is clear, no one has rejected our presidential candidate; that is very important. The meeting will continue tomorrow (today) and after the meeting, we will make our position clear,” he stated.
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