PDP crisis worsens as more govs, NWC members move against party chair

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There are indications that the cracks in the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) has deepened, as forces opposed to the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, intensify push for his ouster.

Daily Sun gathered that some members, including two national vice chairmen, are joining forces with opponents of the national chairman.

Ayu has been in the eye of the storm since the nomination of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

The party crisis started when Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his supporters insisted on the replacement of Ayu, with a Southerner to create a North/ South balance. Prominent members of the Wike group include Oyo State  governor Seyi Makinde, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The grou said it was unfair to have both the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku and the national chairman from the North. However, the national chairman has said he would not resign.

Agitation for removal of the national chairman has also polarised different organs of the party, including the Board of Trustees ( BoT), Governors Forum, NWC as well as the National Executive Committee ( NEC)

While some party bigwigs have equally argued that Ayu should stay as national chairman until after the 2023 general elections, others, including the BoT chairman, Senator Walid Jibrin, have said it was unfair for the PDP to go to the general elections with all key leaders from the North.

Barring any last minute change, the PDP national caucus and NWC would meet on Wednesday, while the Board of Trustees ( BoT) and the  National Executive Committee ( NEC) is scheduled to meet on Thursday to appraise the state of the party and take critical decisions regarding its presidential campaign.

Multiple sources told Daily Sun, yesterday,  that ahead of the meeting of the party organs, NWC members and national officers  loyal to Wike  group and those loyal to governors supporting Ayu were mobilising and spoiling for a showdown.

Leakblast.com gathered that one of the PDP governors in the  North East has also bought into the plot to replace the national chairman.

However, a member of the NWC told our correspondent that he was not aware of any plot by members of the party organ to move against Ayu.

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“The truth of the matter is that I don’t think it has come to that. No doubt, we have issues, but we believe that leaders at a level that is higher than us will find a way to resolve things. It is not in the interest of the party. It could cause us the elections.”

When contacted, one of the PDP leaders from the South, who have been mentioned as probable successor to Ayu, told Daily Sun that he believes power comes from God. Nevertheless, he said the PDP constitution must be obeyed in whatever the party does.

But leader of the party in Osun State and former minister of transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, in a telephone interview, said the quest to replace Ayu should not lead to crisis in the party.

“It should not  cause any crisis,because we are a political party operating in a democracy. And I think by the Grace of God everything will be well. We are going to find a solution. The solution is that we want to win election in the PDP.  And by the Grace of God, we are going to win the election. We are going to have a solution. And by the time we have a solution, the party will be better for it.”

Efforts to reach the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba and Special Assistant on media to the PDP National Chairman, Simon Imobo-Tswam did not respond to calls to the mobile phone.

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