About 15 National Working Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reportedly resolved to back calls for the removal of Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, National Chairman of the party.
There has been acrimony between Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State and the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar over the Ayu’s refusal to resign as the party’s national chairman.
Wike and his camp have bluntly refused to pipe low as the South South has been relegated in the scheme of things as regards major offices in the PD, has therefore demanded for the resignation of Ayu as the national chairman among other issues.
Responding to calls for his resignation, Sen. Ayu said that those who want him to resign from his office “are children.”
It’s recalled that Ayu had in 2021 said he would resign as PDP national chairman if a northerner became the party’s presidential candidate.
The Vanguard had reported that, some members of the NWC from the Southern part of the country expressed the opinion that the party’s National Chairman could have handled the PDP’s crisis better at the NWC meeting, presided over by Ayu at the National Secretariat.
The meeting though centered largely on the agenda to be presented to the party’s caucus and NEC, the party’s effort to harmonize differences between aggrieved parties.
It was also learned that 15 out of 19 NWC members held a meeting at the Abuja residence of a prominent member (name withheld) on Tuesday night and they have resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman.
The source said, “The meeting was basically to iron out some housekeeping issues such as the membership and structure of the Presidential campaign council, how to handle disagreements in some state chapters, especially Kano and Osun States.
“The party will decide whether to have congresses or some form of ad-hoc arrangements among others.“
In addition, the source said: “Issues discussed also included the party’s reconciliation efforts. It was noted that the NWC needs to do more to resolve the dispute because as things stand, what we see are individual and group efforts.”