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2023 Election: PDP Crisis Deepens as Party Exco Rejects Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and his alliess Major Condition to Support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

2023 Election: PDP Crisis Deepens as Party Exco Rejects Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and his alliess Major Condition to Support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has foreclosed the removal of its national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, as a condition for peace and reconciliation in the party.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state and his allies are said to be those calling for Ayu’s removal to balance the North/South power equation in the opposition party.

Wike’s camp had reportedly demanded Ayu’s removal before supporting the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

They have premised their demand on the fact that the PDP cannot have Ayu, who is from the north, and the party’s presidential candidate who is also from the North, in the same election circle.

Speaking on the development on Thursday, August 11, in Abuja, the PDP national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said removing Ayu from office would ignite a constitutional crisis in the party, adding that the party cannot take the risk.

Ologunagba said those calling for Ayu’s removal are fully aware of the position of the PDP constitution on the matter.

The party’s constitution stipulates that when the tenure of a sitting national chairman is abridged for whatever reasons, his seat is taken by the Deputy National Chairman from the same region the ousted chairman comes from, Ologunagba explained.

He added that the PDP constitution provides for Deputy National Chairman (North) and Deputy National Chairman (South).

Going by the constitution, should Ayu be removed from office, he will be replaced by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Damagum,who is from Yobe state.

Yobe is in the same northeast geopolitical zone as Adamawa state where Atiku, the party’s presidential candidate hails from.

Ologunagba appealed to Governor Wike and other aggrieved parties to rather seek negotiation with stakeholders while pushing for their demands, instead of taking hardline positions.

The PDP spokesman, however, said the PDP will continue to recognise and respect the right of every member to express opinions, which may not necessarily reflect the view of a majority of members.

Meanwhile, the former deputy national chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George, has called for an alliance between aggrieved members of the party in other to foster unity and cooperation ahead of the crucial 2023 general elections.

George appeal to the standard bearer of the party, Atiku Abubakar to reach a peaceful resolution with the aggrieved Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike who has been in a heated feud with Atiku since selecting Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delts state as his running mate.

He further urged Governor Wike not to kill the zeal he has for the party stating that his commitment has proven effective over time.

While still dwelling on party affairs, Chief George urged the incumbent PDP national chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, to vacate the chairmanship seat and stay true to his words as he has earlier promised.

George referred to Ayu’s promise when he stated that he will resign his position as chairman if the party’s presidential ticket is zoned to the north.

The presidential primaries of the PDP however produced a northern candidate in Atiku Abubakar and since then Ayu has retained his seat as the chairman of the party.

Chief George said: ”I aspired to serve as national chairman but had to bury the ambition when it was not zoned to the South West, contrary to the expectation of party faithful in the region.

”Ayu once said if the presidential candidate should emerge from the North, he will resign. I want to take on him for his word. Why are you now trying to reverse the role? Your word must be your bond.


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