PDP crisis stalls composition of campaign board and NEC meetings

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Of Ndubuissi Orji, Abuja

The The crisis shaking the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has blocked the composition of the party’s 2023 presidential campaign council.

Daily Sun said the party has yet to unveil the campaign council because PDP leaders want the crisis to be resolved before the campaign council is formed.

A senior official of the PDP national secretariat said that although the list of potential campaign council members has been drawn up, the opposition party is paying attention to those who will possibly be charged with responsibility for the party’s 2023 presidential campaign. .

Nonetheless, the party official said the presidential campaign council would be unveiled within a week or two when the direction of the peace talks crystallized.

“We are working on the campaign council. We just want to know who should be present and who should be absent. If you go ahead and announce it now, some people will say “even though we’re still talking, they excluded us. Over the next week or so there would be an update on the campaign council,” the party official said.

Similarly, the crisis has also blocked the progress of the meetings of the PDP National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC). Article 31(4) of the opposition party’s constitution provides that the NEC meeting must be held at least once every quarter. However, the party has not held a party organ meeting for the past five months.

National caucus meetings of the PDP and NEC scheduled for earlier in the month have been canceled amid fears that leaders opposed to party chairman Iyorchia Ayu will continue to direct against him at the meeting.

The cracks within the opposition party have widened recently, with the nomination of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the 2023 PDP vice-presidential candidate.

In the aftermath of Okowa’s appointment, supporters of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike lobbied for Ayu’s replacement as a condition of reconciliation within the party.

Last week, Atiku met with Wike in London about the crisis. At the meeting were Benue State Governors, Samuel Ortom; Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; Oyo State, Seyi Makinde as well as Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.

However, there are indications that the proposed peace deal between Atiku and Wike could be dead on arrival as the PDP chairman insists he will remain in office until the 2023 general election.

A source close to the PDP chairman told the Daily Sun that the national chairman believed his resignation was unfounded. The source, while stating that Ayu’s resignation would be useless, noted that Atiku wouldn’t even ask her to quit.

“Ayu is not shaken. Ayu was elected for a four-year term. Why would someone make a request to London for Ayu to leave? If Ayu leaves today, the man who succeeds him is Umar Damagun (Deputy National President, North) from the North East with Atiku. Northeast, Northeast; would they prefer it? And if they make a replacement, it will come from the center-north. Not Igbo land, not Yoruba land, not Ijaw land. What are they talking about?

“Ayu will remain in office until the last day he chooses to leave. We win the presidency (2023) by the grace of God. When we win, we will form the government and Ayu will leave. Ayu is not shaken, because he knows it’s wishful thinking. It won’t work.

“Atiku wouldn’t ask Ayu to quit. Atiku is a righteous man. He won’t. If Ayu steps down, the next person to take over is Damagun. So how does it help the unrest that the party chairman is from the North, the presidential candidate is from the North. This is not the case. =

The party leader, while reacting to stories that Ayu was lobbying stakeholders for their support, said there was nothing wrong with the national chairman addressing PDP members to support his leadership.

According to him, “he (Ayu) came here to do national service. He cannot do it alone. He needs support to do that. He needs unity. It needs the support of all stakeholders. If he talks to someone and says ‘please support me’, he’s in good standing.”

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