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PDP In Search For Peace As Ayu Gives Condition To Resign As National Chairman

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PDP In Search For Peace As Ayu Gives Condition To Resign As National Chairman

Says North, South must swap party offices
Wike keeps Atiku in suspense on reconciliation committee
Tension over plan to make Tambuwal DG

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has now stated a requirement for his resignation if the stakeholders are resolute on his departure as efforts to bring about peace within the party continue.

Since Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate, is from the North, he claims that all members of the National Working Committee (NWC) from the South must switch places with those from the North.

Many party leaders, however, have opposed Ayu’s suggestion out of concern that their NWC candidates may lose their positions and power.

One of those who stand to lose out if Ayu’s proposal on swapping of positions is accepted is Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.

His ally, Senator Samuel Anyawu from the South East zone, is the PDP National Secretary and head of the party’s national secretariat.
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gathered that some party leaders have started making a u-turn to prevail on Wike and some governors to allow Ayu remain in office till after the 2023 presidential election.

The party, sources said last night, has also been gripped by fresh tension over alleged plan by some leaders to appoint Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.

Tambuwal stepped down for Atiku during the party’s presidential primary and he is being tipped for the office of Senate President if Atiku wins.

Party sources are of the view that appointing Tambuwal, a northerner, as the campaign organisation’s DG at a time some southerners are already complaining about the north’s annexation of the party’s chairmanship, BoT chairmanship, presidential candidate and positions of chief spokespersons for team would not be in the PDP’s best interest.

Although some leaders suggested Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde as DG, there were concerns that combining his own campaign for a second term with that of running the presidential campaign team would be too much of a burden.

Some chieftains of PDP were said to be in favour of Wike as the Presidential Campaign Council DG to “heal wounds” in the party.

Investigation by The Nation correspondent revealed that the crisis of confidence between Atiku and Wike, the fate of Ayu and other NWC officers, the choice of DG, the need for ethno-religious balance in PDP are responsible for the delay in composing the PDP Campaign Council.

It was also learnt that these issues influenced the Board of Trustees decision to prevail on Atiku and Wike to close ranks on Wednesday and Thursday in Abuja.

At the session with the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Ayu said he was ready to sacrifice anything for the success of the party in the 2023 elections.

A member of the BOT, who spoke in confidence, said: “He told us that he was ready to step aside but he should not be isolated.

“He said since the presidential candidate is from the North, the ideal thing is for Northern officers in the NWC to swap positions with their Southern members to guarantee equity, fairness and justice.

“In spite of the fact that Ayu’s agitation is politically plausible, it may disrupt PDP’s zoning formula.

“This is why some of our leaders are saying that Ayu can only leave office when Atiku is elected as President.

“Some of us think Ayu should remain in office till after the elections.

“There are concerns that Ayu might not quit his position if Atiku loses the presidential race. This is also a probability.

“We don’t want any fresh crisis in the party. If there is a reversal of roles in NWC, some of our leaders, including Wike, will lose out.

“The governor of Rivers State singlehandedly produced the National Secretary of the party and a few others. It means Wike will further be in the cold in the power equation in PDP.”

Another BOT member said: “We did not want any further split in the party over Ayu because it was obvious to us that PDP will never be the same again if he is removed.

“What we agreed upon was to allow Ayu to remain in office till after the elections.

“Some BOT members said we should tactically pass a vote of confidence on Ayu, which we did when some of our leaders addressed the press.

“We count on Atiku and Wike to salvage the fragile situation in the party because they hold the aces.”

It was learnt that Atiku and Wike agreed to nominate separate teams to meet and iron out their differences.

It was also learnt that the main planks of their talks were inclusion, equity, fairness and justice for all, especially the South.

But while Atiku asked Wike to submit his list on the spot, the governor demurred.

Another source added: “Wike told Atiku that he will want to consult his strategists before unveiling his nominees for peace and reconciliation talks.

“Wike is still consulting with his strategists on the way forward for the party.”

Push for Tambuwal as campaign DG raises fresh concern

Party chieftains are worried that plan to make Governor Tambuwal the Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council may backfire.

Some party stalwarts prefer Seyi Makinde or Wike to “heal wounds” in the party.

Those opposed to Wike cited what they called the party’s experience with him during the 2019 presidential campaign.

A source said: “We have a feeling that Atiku is over indulging Tambuwal when it is obvious that votes from Sokoto State cannot make him President of Nigeria. The same man is aspiring to be the President of the Senate in 2023.

“Some leaders have asked Atiku to look at Makinde or Wike or any second term governor from Wike’s camp. We think that Makinde, who is a first term governor, cannot cope with the rigours of two campaigns in 2023. We may end up losing Oyo State.”

Another source, who was a member of the campaign committee, said: “Contrary to what Wike was saying, there was more to his involvement in financing the party’s campaign in 2019. I am shocked our leaders are keeping quiet.

“It was true that he assisted financially during the campaign through a former President of the Senate. But instead of allowing PDP National Secretariat to handle his assistance, Wike insisted on nominating a barrister to oversee the disbursement of funds.

“The National Financial Secretary and Treasurer never had access to what he gave. There was no direct cash given to the party or Atiku for the 2019 polls.

“Our former National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, is alive. He should speak out on his experience. Wike is a smart and intelligent politician who knows how to cut party officers to size, especially when funds are involved.”

The Thursday meeting was the first between Atiku and Wike since the PDP presidential candidate overlooked the Rivers Governor in his choice of running mate in favour of Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Atiku said his decision was informed by the realization that he needed a deputy he could work with amicably.


The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has been announced as the Director-General of Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the All Progressives Congress Chairman disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

He was accompanied by the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, vice presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, and Lalong.

The chairman also announced Festus Keyamo as the interim spokesman and Hannatu Musawa as the deputy spokesman.
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A former House of Representatives member and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Linus Okorie have dumped the main opposition party for the Labour Party, in Ebonyi State.

Okorie is a former member of the federal house of representatives, he left the PDP to pursue his senatorial ambition as the candidate of the LP, This Day reported.

In another report, the Labour Party has elected Edward Nkwegu, as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.

Nkwegu becomes the party’s flagbearer unopposed at the headquarters of the party in Abakaliku Enugu high way. The election was conducted by the party’s national officer, Oluchi Okpara, who was the returning officer of the exercise.

Nkwegu in his acceptance speech appreciates the delegates of the party for their confidence in him. He expresses confidence that the Labour Party will win the state in 2023.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu has urged party members to close ranks and work as a team to ensure victory in the forthcoming general elections.

Adamu made the call while speaking with newsmen after inaugurating an eight-member Abia Reconciliation Committee.

“We have to do some works and forget some of the prejudices and stand together.

”We don’t want anybody to come here after the elections and start crying and laying blames on us for our failures.

“I will not listen to that, this is the time to unite, this is the time to work for unity, if we do, God will be with us,” the APC national chairman said.

He said ahead of inaugurating the committee, comprehensive meetings were held between the party’s leaders in Abia.

Adamu said that they were involved in negotiations and its National Working Committee (NWC), especially during its primaries and after it.

Adamu expressed optimism that with the inauguration of the committee, there would be peace in APC Abia.

“We are not going to hold reconciliation meetings again. We will now leave it to the leaders of the party in Abia to play their politics in the state.

“Abuja is not about Abia, go to Abia and play politics there, do the necessary, lobby and reconciliation there because all politics is local.

“Abuja is not Abia locality, Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), we converged here from various states. Let Abia go and work together,” he said.

Adamu however, added that the party would not be satisfied with just 25 per cent of votes cast at the general elections.

“All the national elections, House of Representatives, Senate, Governorship, likely the presidential election, we will not be satisfied with just the 25 per cent of votes cast.

“No half way about it, if we are to win, we must try to win every state,” Adamu stressed.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Chris Adighije, in his remarks, said the committee would reconcile all aggrieved APC members in Abia.

This, he said, was critical to enable the party build strength to face challenges from other political parties

The APC National Chairman urged the members to quickly come together to work in unity.

“We are on our way back to Abia to play the local politics, reconcile all our members and ensure that we go straight for the low hanging fruits which would have lost if we don’t get together.

“And I know that by the grace of God and with the team, we are going to do the needful and ensure victory for our party,” he added.

Adighije said the party’s chances of winning APC in the coming elections were bright.

“If you look at my face very well you will know that I am an old war horse and I wouldn’t be standing here if I am not sure.

“So, we have great chance, we only have to do the needful to work together,” he said.

He added that the committee would do the needful to address every of the party’s challenges in Abia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sen. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Deputy Chief Whip House of Representatives will serve as secretary of the committee.

Other members of the committee are Mr Henry Ikoh, Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Emeka Atuma, Martins Azubuike and Dr Emeka Wogu, former Minister of Labour and Productivity.

The APC Abia governorship candidate, Mr Ikechi Emenike is also a member of the committee, among others(NAN)

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