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Ayu’s Resignation Will Not End Party’s Crisis Because Another Northerner Will Emerge As PDP National Chairman, Says Party Chieftain



The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has been facing some internal crisis following the fallout between Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate and the governor of Rivers State.

The National Working Committee of the party is having misunderstanding over the call for the resignation of the National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

Reports say that the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and his camp of supporters enlisted Ayu’s resignation as one of the conditions for supporting the PDP presidential candidate, in the 2023 election.

The aggrieved members want a southerner as the party’s national chairman for fairness and equity since the presidential candidate is a northerner.


The presidential candidate, the national chairman, and the board of trustees chairman are all from the North.

One of the party’s chieftains said that even if Ayu resigns, the crisis rocking the opposition party will not end because another Northerner will be the national Chairman.

According to him, if Ayu resigns, the Deputy National Chairman, Umar Damagum, who will take over, is also representing the North. To make matters worse, Damagum is from the Northeast, the same zone as the presidential candidate.

The party chieftain argued that Ayu’s resignation would create more political and constitutional crises.

He concluded that the only way Wike and his supporters can have their way is for the National Executive Council to dissolve the National Working Committee headed by Ayu and appoint an interim administration that will be headed by whoever they want.

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