PDP NWC divided over Ayu, destiny chairman unsure

• Get together in dilemma over successor if Ayu resigns, NWC says not divided

The Nationwide Working Committee of the Folks’s Democratic Get together is at the moment divided over Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s demand that the social gathering’s nationwide chairman Iyorchia Ayu resign earlier than agreeing to resign. reconcile with PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

Prime social gathering members confided The PUNCH Sunday that NWC members had been sharply divided amongst those that referred to as for Ayu’s supported elimination and people who opposed the thought.

Wike and Atiku fell aside after the previous vp emerged because the PDP presidential candidate and selected Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his working mate over Wike , which was really helpful by a panel arrange by the social gathering.

Though the PDP arrange a panel to reconcile the 2 males, Wike’s insistence on eradicating the social gathering chairman as a situation of peace continued to spark tensions in the primary opposition social gathering.

Wike had accused Ayu of being neutral, noting that he had beforehand promised to resign if a northerner emerged because the social gathering presidential candidate.

In an effort to pacify Rivers’ governor, Atiku is claimed to have requested Wike throughout his assembly with him and 4 different governors in London, United Kingdom, final Thursday two weeks to consider the governor’s insistence on Ayu. obi.

A member of the social gathering’s NWC, talking on situation of anonymity, informed one in all our correspondents that asking Ayu to resign wouldn’t remedy the disaster.

In keeping with him, the vice-national chairman, Umar Damagum, who takes over, additionally represents the north if Ayu resigns.

He mentioned: “The problem is each political and constitutional. Asking Ayu to go might not remedy the political downside, because the deputy nationwide chairman of the social gathering for the North nonetheless takes over the management of the social gathering within the absence of the chairman.

“To resolve the constitutional and political crises, the social gathering’s NEC (Nationwide Govt Committee) might dissolve the NWC and convert it into an interim committee. When that occurs, they merely appoint somebody from the area the place they need the nationwide interim chairman to succeed Ayu.

“However to date there isn’t a assembly scheduled this week. However tomorrow (immediately) we are going to know if there can be a gathering and the agenda may also be talked about.”

In keeping with the structure of the PDP, a nationwide president who resigns is succeeded by a deputy nationwide president from the identical area, because the case could also be North or South.

However an NWC supply near Ayu mentioned the nationwide chairman wouldn’t resign.

Though the supply rejected the demand for his resignation, the supply mentioned that as a substitute of calling for his departure, they need to demand the resignation of the PDP presidential candidate.

He mentioned, “Ayu is just not resigning. Ayu is from North Central. If Ayu resigns now, the one who will take over from him can be Umar Damagum, Deputy Nationwide Chairman (North) from the Northeast. If folks don’t desire North-Central or North-East, why do they settle for (somebody from) North-East and North-East?

”The person who will take over from Ayu is from the North East, the identical zone as Atiku Abubakar. Does it make sense? So how does he assist the North-North argument?

“Ayu has been elected for 4 years and he hasn’t performed a 12 months but. So why ought to the considered resigning even come up? What has Ayu performed to make him resign? He isn’t a candidate within the social gathering, he did not beat (Nyesom) Wike within the election, Atiku did.

‘Ayu won’t resign’

The supply additional acknowledged: “Ayu didn’t select Atiku’s working mate; Atiku selected for herself. So they need to ask Atiku to resign as a result of he was the one who did two unhealthy issues. First, Atiku defeated Wike; second, he bypassed him in selecting a working mate. I do not see the place Ayu has ended up on this.

“They need to inform Atiku to step down, not Ayu who got here up with a nationwide mission to avoid wasting the nation from the grip of the locusts.”

Proof means that the disaster plaguing the PDP might have taken a worse flip as NWC members have been unable to agree on a approach out of the problem.

Ortom, others

The PUNCH concluded that the NWC was deeply divided over regional and private allegiances, with some liable for PDP presidential candidate and governors Wike, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Samuel Ortom of Benue State and others.

Sources revealed that divided loyalties within the social gathering had prevented the NWC from taking a typical place on find out how to deal with Wike’s feud with Atiku.

A supply acknowledged: “The Nationwide Working Committee is stuffed with loyalists to the governors. It is because they (governors) funded the election of a number of the NWC members and that’s the reason the NWC members haven’t been capable of take a typical place on the disaster. Every member really fights for the curiosity of its sponsor.

“It’s well-known inside the social gathering that Ayu helps Atiku as a result of the presidential candidate performed an necessary function in his election as social gathering chairman. When Ayu had points with the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee over the greater than Nm weapons fund he obtained from the previous Goodluck Jonathan authorities for the 2023 election marketing campaign, it was Atiku who saved him.”

Our correspondent additionally discovered that the Deputy Nationwide Chairman, North, was additionally on Atiku’s facet.

One other social gathering supply acknowledged: ”Alternatively, we now have the Nationwide Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu, who received his place because of the kindness of Wike; ditto for the monetary secretary, Daniel Woyegikuro. You even have the Deputy Nationwide Chairman, South, Taofeek Arapaja, who has by no means hidden his loyalty to Governors Makinde and Wike. Wike’s males and people of Atiku and different governors. Some governors are for Atiku and a few aren’t. They’ve a sharply divided NWC that works for a number of functions. About 5 governors have fallen out of favor with Atiku they usually even have their loyalists within the NWC.

“As it’s now, it’s a deeply divided home and the PDP goes to battle (election) with a divided home that will have an effect on Atiku’s possibilities. That is why he went to satisfy Wike (in London).”

The PUNCH additional discovered that the push for Ayu’s elimination might not undergo resulting from divisions inside the NWC.

“Some PDP leaders consider that the social gathering chairman ought to make a sacrifice and depart, however those that oppose it mentioned that if Ayu leaves, Atiku might wish to push for Damagum to to take over and this will not be acceptable to Wike, by which case the PDP can be extra divided. The social gathering doesn’t have sufficient time to unravel an issue that would come up from the division,” mentioned a steadfast social gathering.

Requested in regards to the divisions within the NWC resulting from members’ loyalty to Atiku, Wike, and different governors, and whether or not the disaster within the social gathering would have an effect on its possibilities within the ballot, the nationwide PDP chairman declined to remark.

He mentioned: “No, “I am not speaking to the press for now. The PUNCH is doing an excellent job, very skilled. After I’m prepared to speak to the media, I will let you realize very quickly.”

However the deputy nationwide chairman, Arapaja, mentioned he by no means hid his loyalty to the governor of Rivers.

‘Loyalty to Wike’

He mentioned, ”What’s mistaken with being loyal to Wike? My loyalty is to each Makinde and Wike. That is apparent, everybody is aware of that. There may be nothing mistaken with being loyal. I’m loyal to them, however I’ll do every little thing to defend the social gathering. However nobody can doubt my loyalty to Wike and Makinde.”

When requested about his alleged loyalty to Wike, the PDP nationwide secretary mentioned: loyalty to Governor Wike; I’m the nationwide secretary of the PDP. When you’ve got any questions, discuss to the social gathering spokesperson.”

However the PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, denied that NWC members had been loyal to some governors, noting that their loyalty was solely on the social gathering.

He famous: “Loyalty to a candidate in a celebration is regular, however equating loyalty to a celebration is just not right. We have now our loyalty to our leaders within the social gathering and we acknowledge their contributions to the social gathering. The NWC is one.

“The governors performed an necessary function within the rise of the NWC. After all we respect and honor them. However you can’t equate loyalty to the governors who’ve contributed immensely to the social gathering with loyalty to the social gathering. The social gathering is supreme for each member of the social gathering. The NWC is one with all loyalty to the governors and leaders of the social gathering.”

When the Nationwide Govt Committee was resulting from meet, Ologunagba mentioned no date had been set, and added that the NWC meets usually.

He introduced that the social gathering would obtain a former governor of Kano state, Ibrahim Shekarau, within the PDP on Monday. Atiku Marketing campaign Group spokesman Daniel Bwala mentioned NWC members had been loyal to the social gathering, not people.

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